Sunstrike can happen at any time during the day, but is most likely during sunrise or sunset, when the sun’s rays are at a low angle. This can make it difficult, or even impossible, to see. This is a very dangerous condition to ride in.

Follow these to avoid a crash.

Reducing the danger of sunstrike

  • Be prepared for possible sunstrike when riding at sunrise or sunset, especially when turning or riding towards the sun.
  • Be especially careful in winter, when sunstrike is more likely because the sun is lower in the sky.
  • Keep your visor clean, as dust and grime on the visor can make the effects of sunstrike much worse.
  • Wear sunglasses when riding with the sun in your eyes or choose a helmet with a visor.
  • If you experience sunstrike, it may be safest 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.