Windshield glare may not seem like much of a problem. But in the worst conditions, it can obstruct your view of the road and result in unfortunate accidents.
Why is glare dangerous?
Sunlight can reflect against asphalt road or hit you directly through the windshield if you’re driving in the same direction as the sun. Glare could also happen at night. Street lamps and headlights from oncoming vehicles are the usual culprits.
Windshield glare can cause you to squint or close your eyes out of discomfort. Though it could be bright enough to momentarily impair your vision. Either way, its consequences are potentially fatal, especially when you’re driving at high speeds. Reduced road visibility can lead to unexpected car crashes and deadly collisions.
5 Ways to Reduce Windshield Glare
Preventing glare is among the cornerstones of safe driving. There are many ways you can reduce or avoid it completely, such as wearing sunglasses. However, this is only a temporary solution. If you want to better ensure your safety, follow the tips below so you can avoid glare.
Tip #1 – Get your windshield glass tinted
If you live in a sunny place or happen to travel a lot, tinting the windshield should be your first step. Be warned though. Each state has laws and regulations around window tinting. Depending on the state you live in, these legal restrictions dictate…
- The allowable portion of the windshield which you can tint
- Percentage limits on how dark you can tint car glass
- Type of car glass tint you can use
Such laws are intended to improve road visibility. They also prevent the possibility of causing glare which endangers other drivers.
Tip #2 – Repair your windshield for chips and cracks
If your windshield surface has chips and cracks, tinting is not much of a priority. The uneven surface can prevent tint from properly adhering to the glass surface. Besides, cracks and chips are also known to cause glare by refracting and bending light the wrong way. In which case, the best approach for effectively reducing glare is to have the windshield repaired (or replaced) before getting it tinted.
Tip #3 – Polish your windshield
Factory defects or simply natural wear-and-tear from years of use can leave behind scratches and pits on the glass surface. Find a car glass repair shop who can buff, level, and polish your windshield prior to tinting. It should create a perfectly smooth surface which the tint can stick to. A leveled windshield also prevents any distortions in light which may cause glare.
Tip #4 – Avoid glossy dashboards
A primped up dashboard is undoubtedly classy. But that glossy sheen tends to be overly reflective. If you want to reduce the possibility of glare without compromising aesthetics, opt for matte dashboards instead.
Tip #5 – Get better windshield visors
The standard visors that come with the vehicle are designed to protect the driver and front seat passenger from glare. However, under very bright conditions, they are sometimes not enough. Consider investing in modified visors that provide greater coverage so you can protect your eyes while driving.
With these tips, you wouldn’t have to worry about the dangers of glare.