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8 Easy Ways to Reduce Sunshine Glare on Your Windshield

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We’ve all experienced it at some point: you’re driving down the road and make a turn when the setting/rising sun casts a blinding glare across your windshield, making it nearly impossible to see. Not only is this situation incredibly frustrating, it’s also very dangerous. In those moments, we panic and scramble to make it easier to see.

But what can you do to enhance your visibility and prevent sun glare on your windshield? Here are eight important steps to make driving in the sunshine safer.


2017 Ford Police Interceptor Visor Light Bar - Reduce Sunshine Glare on Your Windshield

Use your visor to block out glare from the sun

Flip down the visor and push it against the windshield as high up as possible so it blocks the sun’s rays without obscuring the traffic lights. If your provided car visor doesn’t help, look into buying an enhanced aftermarket visor that’s more adjustable.


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Sunglasses are both stylish and functional, especially for drivers

Polarized sunglasses do an excellent job of reducing the glare you see when you drive. Plus, they’re pretty fashionable.


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Window tinting is a viable option, especially if your eyes are sensitive to bright sunlight

Get your windshield tinted if you own a vehicle that repeatedly suffers from glares (due to the angle of the glass, for instance). Even getting the top 6-9 inches of your windshield tinted can make a big difference.


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Ensure your windshield wipers are working properly, and replace once or twice a year, depending on use

Keep your wipers in good condition and your fluid reservoir filled. This will ensure you can wipe off your windshield when you’re in a pinch.


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Keep your windshield clean to prevent glare
Photo: NYDirty windows scatter light, which make it harder to see through the windshield when the sun hits it. Use a glass cleaner to wipe down the inside and outside of the windshield and side windows on a regular basis, ensuring light rays can easily pass through. Wipe down any oily residue from your dashboard, such as polishes that turn it into a shiny, reflective surface.


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After cleaning, apply vinegar
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Applying vinegar to the glass after you have washed it will diminish the buildup of residue in the future.


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Use your GPS or smartphone to find a better route

Try changing up your daily drive by taking different roads. Perhaps you’ll find a route that’s more shaded or avoids the places that cause you the most trouble.


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When it’s cold out, make sure your windshield is cleared off and warmed up

If you’re driving in the winter, you’ll see glares much more frequently due to the reflective snow on front yards and frost on the windshield. Warm and scrape the glass up so there’s no trace of frost that worsens the glare of the sun.