Driving Tips for Sunstrike
Have you ever experienced sun strike while driving? If you have, then you known how debilitating and potentially dangerous this can be, irrespective of whether you’re on the open road or in an urban environment.
New Zealand’s accident statistics highlight these dangers with New Zealanders experiencing hundreds of accidents a year causing injury and, in some cases, death.
Sun strike refers to the blinding glare from the sun. This is generally when the sun is low in the sky, for instance at sunrise and sunset, but can also be caused by the sun reflecting off a surface, like snow.
In winter, with the sun lower in the sky and shorter daylight hours, coupled with rush hour traffic, frosty and/or foggy windscreens can all combine to create a dangerous driving cocktail.
TIPs TO PREVENT SUNSTRIKE
New Zealand’s Transport Agency (Waka Kotahi at time of writing), has some tips to help prevent and manage sunstrike while driving which are: