Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sun Glare While Driving – August 2015

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

Read our weekly news summary “Sun Glare and Driving” at:   http://paper.li/SunPosition/1376354290

6 Tips for Managing Sun Glare While Driving | ChipsAway

Sun Glare While Driving

Rarely will visibility be perfect while driving, but the British summertime’s often sporadic weather conditions – raining one minute and sunny the next – can often present a challenge.

Low morning and evening sun combined with wet roads is a hazardous combination that can lead to accidents. Because of this, the ChipsAway team have compiled a list of the most effective, easy to use tips to manage sun glare while driving.

  • Slow down
  • The humble sun visor
  • Don’t forget your sunglasses
  • Dip your headlights
  • Spring clean your windscreen
  • Follow the marked lanes

full article - https://t.co/e2dWnKFamV

Drivers, be sure of light colour >

Blinding sun causes head-on collision | St George News

Santa Clara-Ivins Police responded to an incident at the intersection of Santa Clara Drive and Canyon View Drive Saturday at around 8 p.m. after the sun temporarily blinded a driver, causing a collision.

A woman in her 60s, driving a dark gray Lexus west on Santa Clara Drive, told police the sun was in her eyes, Santa Clara Police officer Chad Holt said, making her unable to clearly see ahead as she went through what she thought was a green light.

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Sun glare, beware: Neighborhood smash-up occurs in early morning sun blast | St George News

Early morning sun was cited as the main contributing factor in an accident on a neighborhood street in Santa Clara Thursday morning, and while the accident was relatively minor, it serves as a reminder that glare from the sun or even headlights at night can create very hazardous driving conditions.

Reports of the accident came in at about 8:20 a.m., Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department spokesman Chad Holt said.

A 78-year-old Santa Clara man was driving east on Crestview Drive with the rising sun in his eyes, Holt said. When the man came to a slight bend in the road, he could not see the road and drove into a parked vehicle at full speed…

Drivers need to be aware of potential hazards caused by the rising or setting sun, Holt said, and the way many area streets run east-west. Drivers need to use sunglasses and visors and slow down.

“Make sure in the morning times and in the evening times,” Holt said, “when that sun’s sitting there – you need to slow down and pay attention.”

When the rising or setting sun shines directly into drivers’ eyes, the resulting glare can make it much harder to see the road ahead and potential hazards, creating an added risk to drivers, the American Automobile Association says. When sun glare is an issue, slow down and use extra caution – especially while driving through school zones.

So how can you protect yourself?

AAA offers these tips for motorists when driving into the sun:

  • Invest in polarized sunglasses – they can help reduce glare
  • Utilize your vehicle’s sun visor – it can help block out the sun
  • Leave more following room – when the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing; this is one more time when it pays to leave more room between you and the next vehicle
  • Drive with your headlights on to increase your visibility to other drivers
Additional tips:
  • Keep your windshield clean, inside and out
  • Check your windshield for pitting and cracks
  • Avoid storing papers or other items on the dashboard that can creative reflective glare on the windshield
  • If you are having a difficult time seeing the road, use lane markings to help guide you

Rarely will visibility be absolutely perfect while driving; but if motorists make the proper adjustments, they can minimize any additional risks that come with less-than-optimal visual conditions.

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New Jersey More Than Double The National Rate of Pedestrian and Cyclist Fatalities | The Two River Times

Vehicles struck two cyclists in the borough in two separate incidents on the same day last week. And that along with this week’s two pedestrian fatalities in Monmouth County has a safety advocate continuing to seek improvements to state roadways.

In addition to last Thursday’s two separate collisions in the borough, a 19-year-old man who was struck by a car last Friday on state Route 9, Freehold Township, died on Tuesday from his injuries. In Wall on Tuesday, a 42-year-old woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while she attempted to cross Route 34. Authorities determined the driver had a green light at the time of the collision.

In the Freehold incident, the investigation is continuing, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. In the borough, at approximately 7:33 a.m., on Aug. 13, 39-year-old Salatiel Perez-Perez, a borough resident, was riding his bicycle westbound in the northern crosswalk at the East Bergen Place and Hudson Avenue intersection, when he was hit by a vehicle, according to Police Chief Darren McConnell.

The driver of the vehicle, Charles Johnson, Red Bank,“just never saw him because of the sun glare,” McConnell said, noting, “It was a very bright, sunny morning.”…

The NJ State Police figures for 2014 indicated there were 563 deaths on state roadways, of which 169 were outside the car 13 of which were riding bicycles.

This is a marked increase over 2013’s record low of 542 since data collection began in the 1940s, according to state police statistics.

These numbers have led the Federal Highway Administration to label New Jersey as a pedestrian-focus state. “That means they’re spotlighting us, saying you need to do something about this,” Steiner said.

Much of the problem rests with lack of education and needed infrastructure upgrades to improve pedestrian safety, Steiner maintained…

more - http://t.co/dquzRLKAX3

7 Reasons Why Motorcycle Face Shield Is Necessity | Street Articles

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, then I am sure you know how great it feels to ride a motorcycle. Well, if you are new in the motorcycle world am assuring you that motorcycle riding is a great experience. Riding a motorcycle feels like flying because when you are riding your motorbike, you are not enclosed inside any machine unlike in a situation where you are driving a car. If you are driving your car, you will be behind a windshield, and a dashboard, a steering wheel with an air bag and a roof over your head, in short, you are way much more protected from elements than riding in the wind, along with bugs, dust getting into your eyes and if it starts raining, it becomes a nightmare. A motorcycle helmet will protect your skull while the face shield plays a very important role by protecting your eyes, nose and mouth so that you are free from bugs and any flying object…

Here are 7 reasons why a motorcycle face shield should be a necessity.

1. It protects you from face injuries in case of an accident

2. It protects you from sun glare and leads to increased vision

3. It protects you from bugs and other insects

4. It protects you from dirt and debris

5. It protects you in bad weather

6. Good ventilation and increased comfort in warm weather

7. It keeps your head area warm during cold seasons.

full article - http://t.co/smYa9s6DXx

Sun in eyes northbound?? >

Multiple Crashes With Injury - US 7 North Rutland, Vermont | Vermont State Police

DATE/TIME: Wednesday August 19th, 2015 at approximately 1627 and 1637 hours.

LOCATION: US Route 7 North, just south of Carriage Run Road in the Town of Rutland, Vermont...

On the above date and time, the Vermont State Police responded to US Route 7 just south of Carriage Run Road in the Town of Rutland, Vermont for a report of a vehicle off of the roadway. Upon arrival, the State Police found a separate motor vehicle roll over type crash had occurred just prior to their arrival. Subsequently, Members of the Rutland Town Fire Department, Pittsford Fire Department, and Regional Ambulance Service were summoned to the scene.

Investigation at the scene found that 40 year old Melissa Norris of Starksboro, Vermont was driving north on US Route 7 North when she reported the sun glare went into her eyes. Norris also believed another car was entering her lane at the same approximate time traveling south so she moved her vehicle to the right. Subsequently, her vehicle left the roadway, traversed down an embankment and continued for approximately 230 feet before it impacted a group of trees...

full report - http://t.co/ymbbDGeWIu

Beware of the risks on the roads over the bank holiday weekend | USAUK Online

Whether it’s a day trip, weekend break or your annual holiday; summer’s the time when many thousands of us jump in our cars to flock to our favourite holiday places, only to have the experience ruined by an avoidable motoring accident…

So here’s a look at staying safe on the roads, and a few handy tips on what to do in the event of an accident…

Beware of the glare

Whilst we all love the sunshine, sun glare or dazzle, briefly ‘blinding’ drivers is perhaps more of a hazard than you may think.

A report by the AA (Automobile Association) quotes a yearly figure of 2,905 accidents with ‘sun dazzle’ as ‘a factor’: 52 of those accidents occurred on motorways; 1,203 on A-roads; 428 on B-roads; 1,222 on minor roads.

Beware of sun glare when you approach bends on unknown roads.

Slow down or even stop – because you can’t risk hitting another vehicle, cyclist or pedestrian who may be in your blind spot.

And of course, never attempt to overtake into low sunlight…

full article - http://t.co/f6CdsLfCuS

Cheers, Ralph

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