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08/29/2019
Driving during the intensely hot summer days poses some predicaments and dangers. Learn how to navigate them safely, with this post by Superior Synthetics LLC in Clintonville.

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How to Drive Safely on a Sunny Day

Protect Your Skin and Eyes Properly

The biggest danger that you will encounter in an intensely sunny summer day is the sun's ray. It's no secret that prolonged exposure to them can be very risky, as they're directly responsible for the development of skin cancer. For that reason, if you want to stay safe, it's imperative that you do a good job at protecting your skin and eyes. Long sleeves, a hat, gloves, tons of sunscreen, and sunglasses (which will also help you with the glare), are a must during these sunny days.

Drink a Lot of Water

While skin cancer is probably the scariest of the consequences of sunny day driving, it's not the only ailment that can arise during this time. You're also at risk of dehydration, since you'll be sweating a lot from the intense heat. That's why it's necessary that you keep your body's liquids up. Drinking lots of water is the way to do that, so be sure to take a bottle of water during your drives. It's also important that you're aware of the symptoms of dehydration (nausea, dizziness), and that you act upon them fast.

Maintain Your Vehicle in Top Shape

The intensely hot rays can wreak havoc on everything, including your vehicle. For instance, the scorching hot asphalt can damage your tires and your engine can overheat. For that reason, it's especially important that you keep it in top shape during this time of year, so it can endure the harshness of the summer. Visit a certified mechanic to make sure will be able to drive you through it all.

Keep Your Vehicle Clean

A surprising factor that can influence how safe you are while sunny day driving is your vehicle's cleanliness. Not only because it can interfere with your vehicle's condition (which, as mentioned above, plays a key role in your safety), but because it can hinder your ability to drive well. If you've ver let dust, bird poop, gunk, and other stuff accumulate on your windshield, you've noticed it can produce a blinding glare when the sun rays hit them. To ensure your sight won't be impaired while driving, clean your vehicle regularly.

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Avoid Road Rage

In a previous post, you learned how dangerous road rage can be (as it can lead to hasty decisions and mistakes behind the wheel), and how the heat can intensify it (since people get annoyed and more prone to get angry when it's hot). To avoid raging out while you're driving, keep a calm environment inside your vehicle, try breathing exercises and meditation, and do your best to not engage if people around you are raging at you.

Stay Away from the Harsh Sun

This next tip won't always be feasible, but it's worth considering. The sun is at its most intense from 11 am to 6 pm, which means you could avoid some of the dangers of sunny day driving if you simply stay away from the road during that period of time. The sun is at its most annoying from around 11 am to 6 pm. This means that the dangers of sunny day driving are at its most probable during this period of time. So, if you want to avoid them altogether, do not drive when you know the sun will be out and about. Of course, this isn't always realistic, as you will have errands to run and things to do during this time slot. Still, whenever you can, run your errands earlier in the morning, or later in the afternoon.

Don't Get Blinded

The intensity of the sun can also cause problems with how well you can see the road, and the people and objects around you. This can be very troubling, which is why you should try techniques that will help you avoid the glare. Use sunglasses and the visor to block some of the glare. Likewise, don't look directly at the direction the glare is coming from, and focus on the lines on the side of the road to guide you.

Let More Space Around You

And since you may not be able to see as well when it's sunny outside, it's also recommended that you let more space around you. Don't get too close to other vehicles, objects, or people to prevent an accident. Being further away will give you more time to stop effectively when needed.

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