Q I am responding to the letter from Kay Ritchey, who last week asked how best to keep the sun out of her eyes when driving.
I too have experienced the sun directly on the horizon and shining in my eyes while driving on Blossom Hill Road. I was not expecting the sun to be so direct and blew through a very busy intersection on a red light. One car on my right went through his light just in front of me, another car stopped upon seeing me, a third was making his left turn on a green arrow and headed in the same direction as I was going, and a fourth car was turning right also on a green light headed in my same direction.
The last two blasted their horns at me, rightfully so. It is a miracle that I didn't hit anyone and no one hit me. If there had been a collision I would have been at fault.
My solution is now to pull over and park or move into a parking lot for about 10 minutes until the sun has cleared the horizon. It is far better to be 10 to 15 minutes late, avoid a collision and not take a side trip to the hospital or morgue.
A I receive about 1,000 questions a week and am constantly surprised at the reaction from readers to questions I initially dismiss. Kay's concerns drew a huge response, so off we go into the sunset.
Q I would recommend mirror finish sunglasses.
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Q Here is a possible solution that I got from Mom years ago, when her sun visor was inadequate.
She took a Manila folder, cut it to the length of the visor then stapled it together on the long side. Then it is slipped over the original visor.
It is wider than the original, thus providing more protection from the sun. It could also be moved rearward when used on the side windshield to cover the gap at the end of the original visor. This provided a visor that was wider than the original and allows you to make an adjustment that blocks the sun farther down than before. I still use Mom's modification on my cars. It works well for me.
A The best advice comes from Mom.
Q When the sun is low and the light shines in my eyes while driving, I put on a baseball cap that I keep in the car, and the bill shades my eyes so I can see to drive. It works great!
Q Keep your windshield clean. If it's clean you'll be able to see just fine as long as the sun itself is blocked by something.
When the sun hits a dirty windshield there's nothing you can do to see through all the glare. With a clean windshield the sun comes right through and the only issue is having the sun shine right into your eyes. As long as you're not looking directly at it, you might not even need to block it at all; just tough it out.
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Q I always keep a sun visor in my car for this purpose. Works very well, I just plop it on my head when the sun is coming through the windshield.
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Q I have a visor-extender known as Extend-a-visor which helps with glare. A Web search suggests other products are available as well.
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Q I carry one of those very lightweight plastic visors in my glove compartment and slip it on when faced with this problem. It's easily moved to either side or wherever it's needed, and doesn't destroy your hairdo. Quick, lightweight, and cheap!
A You wouldn't want your sun remedy to cause a bad hair day.
Q Just Google "visor extension" and you will find a selection of flop-down visor extensions. The material looks like a 6-inch-by-12-inch plastic sun screen. These may be available at a local automotive parts store.
A Kay, tell us what helps.