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2013 Dodge Dart: Improvised Sun Visor

October 24, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

A while back, I found the source of my occasional migraines. Bright morning sunlight. Either that, or I'm part vampire, which might explain a whole host of other things, but I digress. One morning, I made a right turn onto a boulevard and got hit smack-dab in the retina by a brilliant flash of sunlight (as shown in the poorly Photoshopped simulation above).

It burns! It burns!

Alright, maybe I'm being a little dramatic.

2013 Dodge Dart

I immediately put my hand up to block the infernal light and in the process, accidentally hit the sunglass holder. It slowly and gracefully lowered from the headliner, providing just enough shelter from the sun without blocking the rearview mirror.

Salvation.

Those printed screens that a lot of manufacturers use on the windshield do little to block out that kind of intense light. I wish that we could get a little auxiliary visor that would flip down instead. I know a former girlfriend's Audi A4 had one, and if memory serves me right, so did our old Acura NSX. Dear car makers, please do more of this. Thanks.

By the way, just creating that lead image may have triggered another migraine. Ugh.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 15,914 miles

Comments

  • hank39 hank39 Posts:

    My '02 WRX had that flip down visor that was above the rearview mirror.

  • swib swib Posts:

    My 02 A4 had one, my dads 05 A4 has one, but my mothers 09 A4 does not. Maybe they have it again in the new ones but I know they got rid of the little visor at some point

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    My dad's '02 Passat and brother's '03 Jetta had flip-down visors above the rearview. Must be a VW thing. In my Focus I'm considering getting limo tint on the upper portion of the windshield, just for some relief.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Oh, and bright lights certainly can cause migraines. So can staring at a computer screen, for example, to edit images using Photoshop.

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