Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sun Glare While Driving – September 2014

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

RT @drummond17: Back-to-school means Back-to-Basics....Stop, Look and Listen before crossing the street!


Back to School means kids and buses will be out when the sun is still critically low in the morning. Keep an extra eye out.

> ‏@SteveOverend1: @SunPosition Maybe a good time to resist that text!

> @SunPosition : @SteveOverend1 For sure. It's always a good time to resist texting while driving and walking.


Pensacola Beach bicyclist hit by vehicle | Pensacola News Journal

PENSACOLA, FL - Jackie Kalani Kaina, 40, was seriously injured on Pensacola Beach this morning when his bicycle was hit by a car, a Florida Highway Patrol news release said..

Kaina was riding east on Via De Luna around 7 a.m., according to the release. William Connor Bond, 20, was driving behind Kaina in a vehicle, but failed to see him because of glare from the sun…

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Cyclists & pedestrians, be aware of where the sun is and the difficulty drivers may have seeing you.


Peel Regional Police: "Back to School" Safety Tips

For Parents, Caregivers and Children:

Many children are walking and biking to school. Younger children often lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Help them by stressing the following safety rules:

  • Walk on sidewalks where available.
  • Always cross at intersections.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
  • Always walk your bicycle across a roadway.

When crossing intersections without signals or crossing guards, children should:

  • Stop before stepping into the road
  • Increase your visibility and indicate your crossing intention to motorists
  • Look in all directions before crossing
  • Stop, Look and Listen for traffic
  • Cross safely when the road is clear
  • Walk, don't run, across the road
  • Where possible, use the buddy system

When crossing intersections with signals, children should:

  • Push the pedestrian button (where they exist)
  • Wait for the pedestrian walk sign
  • Increase visibility and indicate your cross intention to motorists
  • Stop, Look and Listen for traffic
  • Watch for turning cars or trucks
  • Cross safely when the road is clear
  • Walk, don't run across the road

When crossing with the assistance of adult crossing guards and student safety patrollers:

  • Cross only under the direction of the guard

Railway Crossings:

  • Many children in our communities must cross railway tracks daily. Ensure children are taught the only safe place to cross railway tracks is at a designated crossing.

For Drivers:

Back to school means more children walking and biking on our roads. Younger children often have limited experience with traffic and lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Motorists need to take special care while driving. Help our children walk safely to school by following these important safety rules:

  • Be aware of school zone signage.
  • Reduce speed in school zones.
  • Be ready to stop at all times. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic.
  • Always try to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the road.
  • Be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding.
  • Stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard.

source - http://t.co/KNbPnOfpzx


Aurora Police: Driver runs red light, hits and kills bicyclist at Yale and Ursula | via @DenverChannel

AURORA, CO - A bicyclist crossing Yale was hit and killed Wednesday night by a driver who ran a red light, Aurora Police said…

Officers said they are investigating if alcohol and sun glare were factors in the crash.

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Sun Glare Is Dangerous This Time Of Year | KELOLAND News

Sun Glare Is Dangerous This Time Of Year

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A 15-year-old riding her scooter was taken to the hospital after being hit by an SUV on West 12th Street shortly after 7 Tuesday morning and police say the morning sun is partially to blame…

Police say the driver of the SUV, a 25 year old, was blinded by the morning sun and didn't see the scooter. The sun can be dangerous this time of year especially during the morning and evening rush.

It's something drivers deal with on a daily basis and it gets frustrating.

"It can cause accidents; it's a little stressful when you're driving you can't see," April Drapeaux said.

"It gets hard to see. It gets bright and you start getting squinty-eyed, so therefore it's hard to see the road. It's like a blind spot in your rear-view mirror; you take a look, you think you don't see anything, but really there is something there," Troy Ford said.

According to police that's exactly what happened at the crash site and they want to remind drivers to be especially careful when driving against the sun.

"It's one of those things that's a real challenge both mornings and afternoons; dealing with that sunlight. People need to make sure they maybe slow down a little bit, giving a little bit of extra caution and care just because it's hard to see," Clemens said.

No charges have been filed, but the crash remains under investigation.

The sun glare tends to be at its worst about an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset.

If you live in the Central Time Zone, this week you'll want to be especially careful just after 8 a.m. and around 6:30 in the evening.

If you need to be on the road those times of day, be sure to use your sun visor and sunglasses. It's best to have a car with a dark dashboard because light colors can be extremely reflective. Do not use a vinyl-based cleaner on your dash because it can cause even more reflection. And be sure to wash your windshield. Dust, dirt and smudges can reflect and distort the sunlight, making it even more difficult for you to see.

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RT @AAAMountainWest: Fall sun glare is worst during sunrise & sunset, so keep your windshield clean & sunglasses handy.

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2013 Crash Book for Springfield | Springfield News-Leader

  • Data indicates significantly more glare-related crashes around the equinoxes
  • Most sun glare-related crashes occur 2 hours after sunrise & 2 hours before sunset

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SPRINGFIELD, MO - Public Works' Traffic Operations division has published the 2013 Crash Book for Springfield, which contains the past year's traffic crash experience on City and MoDOT-maintained public roadways…

Autumnal equinox can impair vision

Around Sept. 22, with the change from summer to fall, and around March 20 with the change from winter to spring, the sun is almost directly in an east-west alignment, called the equinox. Crash data indicates significantly more glare-related crashes on Springfield roads during these times of year.

Most sun glare-related crashes occur two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset, because during this time of day the sun is low on the horizon and the glare is very intense.

Motorists should exercise special caution within a couple of weeks on either side of the equinox, as the sun's position impairs visibility – especially when traveling eastbound early in the morning or westbound in the late afternoon.

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Police are warning of the dangers of sun glare | via @9News

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DENVER, CO - At this time every year, police say they see an increase in accidents during morning and evening rush hour.

In the past two weeks, Denver police say they've had two minor accidents where drivers have blamed the sun for causing a crash.

Police say it's important to clean off your windshield of the dirt and grime both inside and outside your car.

Police say when the sun hits your dirty windshield, it reflects the dirt and grime, making it difficult to see through your windows.

They also say to take your time when turning through an intersection.

Police say look beyond the frame of your car make sure you study the area before you make a turn.

video - http://t.co/f59QrtFfpc


Wrentham man on bike killed in collision with dump truck, cyclist likely blinded by solar glare | WCVB Boston

WRENTHAM, MA - A Wrentham man riding his bicycle, who was likely blinded by solar glare, was killed in a collision with a dump truck Saturday afternoon, police said.

Scott Fleming, 48, died when he made a turn from West Street onto Jenks Street and rode into the path of the oncoming truck.

"We know that solar glare was a factor for the bicyclist," said Wrentham Police Detective Lt. William McGrath…

video - http://t.co/1TZ1nMYvrg


The sun's glare is more intense these days due to less humidity and haze. Be extra careful driving when the sun is low.


5 Safe Driving Tips For Fall | Metro Auto Rebuild South

TACOMA, WA - Happy fall! As summer ends and the weather gets cooler with the rain returning, drivers need to be extra cautious on the roadways. With rainy weather, wet leaves and the returning of school children that are walking to and from bus stops there are a lot of things to be looking out for. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for fall driving safety.

1. Save tailgating for game day

2. Adjust your driving for weather

3. Maintain your vehicle

4. Watch for wildlife

5. Prevent sun glare

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Cheers, Ralph

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