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Can sunglasses improve driver safety?

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2022 | Auto Accidents |

While the weather isn’t always perfect in California, it is certainly a lot brighter compared to other states. For much of the year, the sun shines and the temperatures exceed 70°F.

These conditions tend to encourage people to get out and about to soak up the rays. A trip to the park may be a step too far to walk, so people often jump in the car. In some cases, a road user may be in a soft top and wishes to go on a cruise. The climate in California also provides an ideal spot for motorcyclists.

While the sun offers many benefits, there are also some drawbacks in terms of road safety, particularly with regard to vision. Wearing sunglasses might be a good idea when driving in The Golden State, and here’s why.

The reduction of glare

If you have ever stared at the sun, it is not a mistake you are likely to make again. Doing this can cause you to be blinded temporarily, which is dangerous in itself but more so if you’re operating a vehicle. The sun’s rays are powerful, and the glare from them can impair your visibility. If you cannot see where you are going, then you cannot spot potential hazards, which makes a collision more likely.

Wearing sunglasses is one of the most effective ways to counter this. An appropriate pair of glasses can help to deflect the sun’s harmful UV rays and keep you safe while driving.

Protection from debris

If you’re out in a soft-top or taking a ride on your motorcycle, the sun’s rays are not all you need to worry about. While most roads in California offer quite smooth surfaces, loose debris can still fly up and hit you. Your windshield may catch the brunt of it, but it might not fully protect you. If you are out on your bike, your helmet may shield you from most loose items, but there is a chance that a straggler still gets through. Having sunglasses on provides an extra layer of protection that could prevent your eyes from being injured.

You should be free to utilize the roadways across California without being placed at risk. Unfortunately, not all accidents can be prevented and if you have been caught up in a collision, make sure you are aware of your legal options.

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