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Sunstrike

Sunstrike can occur at any time during the day, but is most likely during sunrise or sunset, when the sun’s rays hit your windscreen at a low angle.

To avoid a crash, follow the guidelines shown below.

Reducing the danger of sunstrike

  • Be prepared for possible sunstrike when driving at sunrise or sunset, especially when turning or driving towards the sun.
  • Be especially careful in winter, when sunstrike is more likely to occur because the sun is lower in the sky.
  • 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.
  • Use your car's sun visors to block the sun.
  • If you experience sunstrike, it may be best to pull 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 similar effects to sunstrike.

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Last updated: 4 October 2012