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Why The Sun is Brighter In Autumn and Winter

Driving Blind

It's not your imagination, the sun really is brighter in the fall and winter and it's changing fast.

Ever get blinded by the morning and evening sun on the way to and  from work? Dang skippy you have. Chances are you are noticing it more now that's happening daily since we are in mid-October. The arrival of autumn brings low, slanting light and it will continue to get brighter until the first week of January. Their will be no relief until later in the spring as the sun is lower in the sky hampering your vision while driving. 

Aside from wearing a quality pair of polarized sunglasses you will want to clean your windshield as well. If you can notice the dirt and smudges on the windshield of the car ahead of you (and you can) then so to can the car behind you see your dirty windows.

The position of the sun in the sky is constantly changing. It alters how we perceive color and light. During the summer solstice around June 21st, the sun is as far overhead as it gets. Thereafter the sun gets lower and lower becoming a driving hazard around mid-fall.

As we progress to the winter solstice the sun will only get lower still, causing shorter days, bluer skies and an even brighter sun on the horizon. This will continue into January, when the sun is at its brightest, because that’s when Earth is closest to the sun.

If that's not bad enough try throwing some snow into the mix and you will be presented with some truly blinding and treacherous conditions.

snow blindnessSnow blindness can be a painful eye condition caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV light). When too much UV light hits the outer layer of your eyes, it essentially gives your cornea a sunburn. 

If the weather is overcast you might be tempted to remove your sunglasses altogether. Yet the rays are just as harmful when cloudy.

No worries, Engleberts is here to save the day and make your commute as safe as possible. All our sunglasses are polarized and provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. So wear your Engleberts sunglasses. Not just because they look great, but for the health of your eyes too.

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Thanks for reading, you can find out more about caring for your sunglasses here. You can read about the different types of wood used to make sunglasses here. You can read more about the advantages of Engleberts Premium Wooden Sunglasses here. You can read about Team Engleberts kayak trip from the mountains to the sea here.

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