Bright sunlight in the early morning or late afternoon can create visual illusions, hurt drivers' eyes and reduce reaction times. The risk for a life-threatening car crash actually goes up 16 percent in bright sunlight when compared to normal weather. That's why drivers in Arizona will want to consider the following tips for staying safe during such conditions.
First of all, drivers should try to avoid going out in bright sunlight. When they have no choice, they could wait a few moments until the sun has totally risen or set behind the horizon. On the road, they should keep their distance from the vehicle in front. When the rays begin to impede driving, it's a good idea to exit the road and wait 10 or 15 minutes for the sun to change positions.
Even more important is a good pair of sunglasses. These can reduce the brightness of the rays and also protect drivers' eyes against harmful UV rays. Drivers are also encouraged to use their sun visors, which block the sunlight on the front windshield and side windows. All sun visors are made so as not to hinder visibility.
Lastly, drivers could have tinting added to their windows for a few hundred dollars. They should remember that the state regulates how dark the tinting can be. Overly darkened windows could result in fines.
Drivers will not be any less at fault for a motor vehicle accident if they claim that the sun was in their eyes. The victim of such an accident may want to hire a lawyer familiar with filing personal injury claims. Legal counsel could have the accident investigated and even reconstructed if necessary. Such information could be helpful during negotiations.