Extra sunlight in the day is typically a cause for celebration. More time to spend outside, including the chance for barbeques and entertaining guests, is reason enough to heighten spirits in South Carolina. However, there is one group of individuals who aren’t always so happy to see brighter days – drivers.
When the sun is beating down on a car, motorcycle or truck, drivers face additional challenges. Knowing how to navigate these challenges can prevent accidents, which could otherwise result in serious injuries or fatalities.
The obvious way to combat glaring sun is using visors. However, when the sun is low in the sky, drivers can experience temporary blindness. There are several solutions that help to avoid this issue. Driving in the opposite direction of glare when the sun is low can improve visibility, although there is still a risk of glare from rear or side mirrors. Alternatively, drivers can avoid trips that are after sunrise and before sunset. Driving through routes where there is cover from tall buildings is also a good idea.
Spring & Summer Haze
Drivers are often the first to notice the increased haze during the spring and summer months. This is due to the fact that haze limits visibility on South Carolina roads. Before drivers embark on a journey, making sure windows and mirrors are clean is important. Keeping an extra car length behind other vehicles will also help when it comes to braking times. Much like with sun glare, any unnecessary trips can wait until the sun is not at its strongest.
Increased Pedestrian Activity
People are more inclined to spend time outdoors when the weather improves, which means increased potential for accidents. Built-up areas are especially dangerous but drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians when driving on the highways and byways of South Carolina.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, reach out to the Taylor Anderson Law Firm for consultation and representation.
Posted on behalf of Taylor Anderson Law Firm