Driving in difficult light conditions such as facing the morning or afternoon sun is another hindrance to visibility.
To reduce the glare from sunrise to sunset lower the sun visor in your car to help reflect some glare,wear dark sun glasses. Another tough time of the day to be driving, is when the sun is setting, especially if you’re driving west.
Before sunset, make it a habit to turn on your headlights. Give the other drivers some lights to let your presence known. Dusk, is that time of day after the sun’s gone down, but when there’s still some light out. During this time of day it makes dangerous shadow contrast which can make judging distances tricky. Sometimes a lack of contrast will make shapes to blend together making them harder to recognize.
Night Time Driving
Night time driving is particular tough for people with night blindness. Night blindness sufferers have a hard time seeing definition in low light. At night, they find it more difficult to see markings, signs or road irregularities until it’s too late. If you suffer from night blindness try not to drive at night. If you still insist on it, then try to drive on well lit roads and in areas you know well.
When blinded at night from other vehicle headlights, look to the right side of the road. Follow the edge of the road or the solid white line often painted on the edge of the roadway. By looking to the right you avoid being blinded. After being blinded it takes up to 8 to 10 seconds for you to regain clear sight, at 60 mph in 8 to 10 seconds you drive almost the length of three football fields without being able to see.
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