Be ready for sun­strike

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Sun­strike can hap­pen at any time dur­ing the day or at any time of the year, but is most likely dur­ing sun­rise or sun­set when the an­gle of the sun is low, and par­tic­u­larly in the win­ter when sun­strike is more likely to oc­cur be­cause the sun is lower in the sky.

To avoid a crash fol­low th­ese guide­lines:

Be pre­pared for pos­si­ble sun­strike when driv­ing at sun­rise or sun­set, es­pe­cially when turn­ing or driv­ing to­wards the sun.

Keep your wind­screen clean, in­side and out. Dust and grime on the wind­screen can make the ef­fects of sun­strike much worse.

Wear sun­glasses when driv­ing with the sun in your eyes or have sun­glasses ready at your fin­ger­tips

Use your car’s sun vi­sors to block the sun.

If you ex­pe­ri­ence sun­strike, it may be best to pull well over and wait for a few min­utes un­til your eyes ad­just or visibility im­proves.

Be care­ful if snow has fallen and the sky is clear – sun­light shin­ing on snow can cause ‘‘snow blind­ness’’, which pro­duces ef­fects sim­i­lar to those of sun­strike.

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