Glare from oncoming traffic or sunlight is a significant factor in many auto accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It takes up to 10 seconds for the average middle-aged driver’s eyes to adjust to glare, during which time the vehicle could travel more than 400 feet. If there is an obstruction ahead of the vehicle – from a pedestrian crossing the street to a stopped car – a crash is likely to happen. Next time you’re driving, count off 10 seconds and see how far your car has gone – then think about what you might have missed seeing if your eyes had been adjusting to glare.
Because driving is primarily a visual task – with vision contributing as much as 90 percent of the information needed to drive – the National Traffic Safety Institute is investigating headlight glare as a leading cause of nighttime crashes.
Here are some tips from the experts on dealing with glare when driving:
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