The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition
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Dead giveaway you're on phone in car behind me - light turns green & you stay put. Dangerous and bogs down traffic.
Officials suspect captain blinded by sun glare >
4 killed in #Nepal rescue mission helicopter crash
KATHMANDU, JUN 03 - Four people, including a foreigner, were killed in a helicopter crash in Sindhupalchok district on Tuesday afternoon.
The aircraft belonging to Mountain Helicopters was returning to Kathmandu airport from the earthquake-affected Dolakha district, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan)...
Caan said the chopper, which had headed for Bolde village in Dolakha at 2:25pm on a rescue and relief mission, crashed at 3:45pm. Eyewitnesses said the 9N AJP Ecureuil AS 350 helicopter, flying at low altitude, made a contact with high-tension power line and burst into flames at Sila Parbat, south of Yamuna Danda village.
However, Caan officials who reached the crash site, suspect that the captain might have been blinded by the sun glare and caught unawares by some object in front of him...
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Deer looking for food create collision concerns this time of year - usually at sunrise/sunset
Motorists might not think of June as being a high-risk time for running into deer. But, Kevin Baskins, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says this is one of the more dangerous months of the year for car versus deer collisions…
According to Iowa Department of Transportation statistics, most car/deer crashes happen during harvest season in October, November and December. The month of June is usually fourth on the list. Baskins says deer are usually on the move at daybreak and sunset — so those are the times when most crashes occur.
“And sometimes the lighting conditions can be a little more difficult for motorists too. That setting sun and rising sun can create a glare that makes it a little harder to see,” Baskins says. “So, those are times when people want to be more cautious.”
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Temporary blindness! Essential tips to survive driving in sun and headlight glare
It’s happened to every driver. You’re driving along a roadway when you round a bend or come to a clearing from the trees and boom, it hits you: blinding sun glare in your windshield.
The phenomena also happens at night when a car coming the opposite way has its high beams on and hits you just the right way, causing a halo-like affect that can make it difficult to see where you’re going.
Whether it be sun or headlamp glare, these phenomena contribute to thousands of accidents every year across the U.S. and elsewhere, according to a number of published sources. In the UK, sun glare contributed to 3,000 accidents and 36 deaths in 2013 alone. In 2008, a U.S. government report estimated that 16.4 percent of all “atmospheric condition” crashes (including fog, rain, snow, and other weather) were caused by sun glare…
Automobile Club AAA recommends drivers handle sun glare in the following ways:
- Account for time of day: Sun glare tends to be the worst in the early morning and late afternoon. Drivers should recognize these times as the periods they are most likely to deal with this situation.
- Purchase polarized sunglasses: These glasses have been popular for years among boaters and fishermen who need to reduce the glare from the water, according to AllAboutVision.com. Polarized sunglasses offer less eye strain and strong protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Use the vehicle’s built-in sun visor: It sounds basic but you can block out the harshest rays of the sun. Just be aware that a visor can also reduce overall vision.
- Slow down and leave more room: Your visibility and reaction time will decrease so it’s important to give yourself a greater gap to react and avoid a potential accident.
- Use your headlights: This makes you more visible to other drivers.
- Clean your windshield: Spots and debris on your windshields make it even more difficult to see in sun glare situations.
- Follow the marked lanes: Pay attention to lane roadway markings to ensure that you’re at least in the correct lane…
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Happy Fathers Day to all paramedics police and fire dads working today. Thank you all. Stay safe.
Texting while driving is not only dangerous, it messes up traffic flow adding to congestion esp at traffic lights and in stop & go traffic.
Texters are the ones slow out of the gate when the traffic in front of them starts moving again. Really messes up traffic flow.