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She just graduated from high school two days ago, and now 18-year-old Lindsey R. Magnusson is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The teen was involved in a car accident shortly after she had dropped her younger brother off at school. Magnusson was turning out of the school’s parking lot when 31-year-old Audrey V. Briggs drove into the driver’s side of her car. Briggs had two passengers in her vehicle. She suffered from minor injuries and her passengers were not injured.

When Magnusson was leaving the parking lot, she was driving towards the rising sun. Her vehicle, a 1989 Honda Accord, did not have airbags. It can be extremely risky to drive into the sun. AAA has offered a few simple steps you can take when doing so:

• Wear polarized sunglasses to minimize glare.
• Use your sun visor.
• Leave a larger amount of following room between you and the car ahead of you.
• Turn on your headlights so that other drivers can see you better.
• Clean your windshield regularly, both on the inside and outside.
• Use lane markings to guide you.

If you feel that you cannot see well enough to drive safely, then pull over and wait until you are comfortable being behind the wheel. Saving a few minutes is not worth putting your safety or the safety of others on the line!

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