Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sun Glare While Driving – March 2016

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:

How to Avoid Crashes Related to Sun Glare: 4 Tips from a Birmingham Auto Accident Attorney | Morris Bart, LLC

Most people associate clear days with safe driving conditions, but sun glare can be just as dangerous as rain or snow. In the early and late hours of the day – when the sun is lowest in the sky – a glare can blind a driver long enough to cause a serious collision…
Sun glare is especially hazardous in the spring, when drivers are adjusting to new daylight hours…
Read on for four tips that can help you avoid accidents due to sun glare:…

VIDEO: Low sun glare catches out biker (it's a pretty big impact) | MoreBikes

Sun glare suspected >
Driver suffers life-threatening injuries in crash involving school bus in Westborough | WCVB Boston
A woman is being treated for life-threatening injuries after a van she was driving crashed into a school bus in Westborough on Wednesday evening…
Police believe the glare from the sun contributed to the crash. It appeared White did not see the bus due to the glare and hit the bus...

RT Road Safety GB @Road_Safety_GB
New guidance looks set to establish three types of shared space scheme:

New professional guidance on shared space schemes due in summer 2016 is set to establish three broad types of public realm arrangement… The three types of shared space schemes established by the guidance are:
  • Unstructured streets: where there is no or little definition of where in the space a pedestrian, cyclist or motor vehicle might be expected to be.
  • Less managed street: where there are parts of the space, at junctions for instance, with generally clear areas for different types of user but the interaction between them is less managed than on a conventional street, so typically no traffic signals or priority crossings.
  • Enhanced street: where traffic management is generally conventional in the way it operates.
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Great tips. And a clean INSIDE of windshield is equally important >
Driving into the Glare of the Sun |  Mazow McCullough, PC
Since there is no way to get around driving while the sun is in our eyes, considering that most of us drive either right after the sun has risen or just before the sun sets, which just happen to be the most dangerous and blinding times. Below are some tips to make the unavoidable a little more bearable.
  • Wear polarized sunglasses to help reduce the glare caused by the sun.
  • Keep your windshield clean, and definitely do this before your trip or if it is not possible to do before your trip, do it when you come to a stop. I think we all know what happens when you decide to spray windshield washer fluid while driving into the sun. (total and complete blindness)
  • Use your sun visor; it’s there for a reason.
  • Leave a decent amount of space between you and the driver in front of you while at the same time lowering your speed.
  • Drive with your headlights on to increase your visibility to other motorists on the road.
  • Avoid having papers/envelopes stored on your dashboard, nothing like white to reflect sunlight.
- See more at:

Good tips here from AAA >
Dangers of Driving Into Sun | @AAANews

Driving on a beautiful sunny day can provide stunning scenery, but it can also create a hazard if the driver’s view is compromised by a glaring sun. Just after sunrise and before sunset the sun can shine directly into drivers’ eyes, leaving many motorists driving with a glare. This glare can make it much harder to see the road ahead and potential hazards creating an added risk to drivers. 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 sun visor – it can help to 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
  • If 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 know this and make the proper adjustments, you can minimize any additional risks that come with less-than-optimal visual conditions.

Six percent increase in car crashes following spring forward | KUTV

The Monday after daylight savings comes with a six percent increase in car crashes, according to National Safety Council data… In a press release, AAA encourages drivers to be extra careful Monday following the spring forward with some tips… Tips for driving in the sun:
  • Invest in sunglasses, they can help reduce glare.
  • Utilize your sun visor, it can help to block out the sun.
  • Keep a safe distance behind other cars. Sun in your eyes reduces your view of the cars ahead.
  • As last resort, use lane markings as a temporary guide. Bright sun makes roads hard to see…

Drive extra carefully after the time change. Sun conditions will be different.

Rear-ending trucker blames sun glare >
2 injured in 9-vehicle crash on Route 422 in Amity | via @MercuryX

A chain-reaction crash involving nine vehicles sent two people to the hospital Friday morning. Amity Police told The Mercury Friday they responded to a crash shortly before 8 a.m. in which a tractor trailer crashed into a car, pushing it into several other cars that were sitting at a red light. The accident occurred at Route 422 east and Hill Road near Valley View Trailer Park. Traffic had been backed up at a red light near Monocacy Creek Road when driver Timothy Ludwig, 44, of Shillington, struck the back of a waiting vehicle with the tractor trailer he was operating, police said. The crash pushed the vehicle forward, eventually damaging a total of nine vehicles, including the tractor trailer… Police said Ludwig told officers that he crashed into the cars because he didn’t see the vehicles due to a bad sun glare…

No matter how safe and smart cars have become,
safe driving still depends on the driver.

Good advice here >
Risk of Sun Glare Could Increase as Spring Approaches | KSMU Radio

Spring is approaching, and that means an increased risk of accidents due to drivers being temporarily blinded by the sun. March 19 is the beginning of the Spring Equinox. Mandy Büttgen-Quinn, a traffic safety professional with the City of Springfield, said that sun glare poses a higher risk during this time of year because as the sun moves, it goes in direct east and west alignment. “So, during that time, since in America most streets are in east and west alignment, it can be a little bit of a problem, because the sun will be really low, glaring right at you.” She said properly using sun visors while driving and keeping a set of polarized sunglasses on hand can mitigate the hazards of windshield glare caused by the sun. Sergeant John Lueckenhoff with the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop D said sun glare is just as much a hazard as anything else that can obstruct a driver’s line of sight. “Glare in the windshield from the sun is just like any other visibility reduction situation, such as fog or heavy rain. Know that it prevents you from being able to clearly see what’s ahead.” Lueckenhoff said there are things you can do to try to avoid accidents when sun glare is a problem. “Everything you would normally do during fog or severe rain, you also need to do with the sun glaring in your face, such as slowing down, creating greater following distances, etc.” According to Büttgen-Quinn, other things causing problems for drivers this time of year are moisture on windshields and the potential for fog to build up on the insides of windows if the vehicle is not warmed up properly. She said keeping your windshield clean and warming your vehicle properly can reduce the chance of an accident. The National Highway Traffic safety Administration website has information about hazards associated with driving and tips to mitigate those hazards.
> RT Kevin Gamble @SF_KevinG:  Have you noticed more sun glare when driving lately? I have. A link from an expert on the subject: @SunPosition

Solar Glare: Dangers Driving Into the Sun | via @AttorneyMyers

You’re driving along and suddenly the bright sun blinds you. In that moment your car slams into another car causing an accident.  Are you at fault? Reverse roles. You’re driving along minding your own business and suddenly without warning a car in the oncoming lane crosses the center line and strikes your car.  The other driver explains “The bright sun temporarily blinded me it’s not my fault.” Solar glare can temporarily blind a driver and potentially cause accidents and injuries if nothing is done about it. How does the law handle the challenging issue?… Read on…

Glare from both sky & road >
Blinding Sun, Rain Cause 130-Car Pileup In North Carolina | via @weatherchannel
A North Carolina pileup involving more than 100 vehicles is being linked to blinding sun and rain, leaving at least 20 people injured Sunday evening. At least 130 vehicles were involved in numerous collisions on both sides of Interstate 40 in Adamance County, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol announced…

Safer cars, less safe drivers. Counter productive >
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Freak accident. Cyclists hit dead kangaroo, tumble down, then hit by 4WD. Rising sun may have affected view.
A group of Australian cyclists have ploughed into a dead kangaroo before being hit by an oncoming four-wheel-drive. Up to nine cyclists were riding on Mitchell Road, not far from the Goulburn Valley Highway, at Kialla near Shepparton, northern Victoria, about 6.40am on Monday (local time)…. Sergeant Murray said the rising sun may have affected the cyclists' view of the road and the dead kangaroo. "There might be a question of sun glare," he said….

Traffic Safety Advisory >
Bright sun creates increased traffic safety risks | UPMatters

AAA Michigan is sending out a statewide TRAFFIC SAFETY ADVISORY urging drivers to BEWARE OF SUN GLARE and use extra caution when driving during the morning sunrise period. The switch to Daylight Saving Time (DST) makes commuting during the typical morning rush hour more challenging.  Early morning sun can present a dangerous situation for motorists by casting a glare that can temporarily blind them from other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Intersections can also pose an increased risk. In addition, preliminary data from the  Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Spotlight on Highway Safety Report projects a 10% increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities. This is anticipated to be the largest annual increase ever AAA offers these Top Ten Tips for Driving Into Sun Glare:
  1. Slow down and use extra caution.
  2. Invest in polarized sunglasses.
  3. Utilize your sun visor..
  4. Increase following room between you and the next vehicle.
  5. Drive with your headlights on.
  6. Avoid storing papers or other items on the dashboard.
  7. Keep your windshield clean, inside and out.
  8. Check your windshield for pitting and cracks.
  9. Keep your windshield solvent filled up.
  10. Use lane markings to help guide you.

Both drivers cited in Vineland crash | via @theDailyJournal

Both drivers were cited after a crash at Chestnut Avenue and Spring Road on March 18 that injured three people. Robert Allen, 59, of Mays Landing, was issued summonses for a traffic light violation and the improper hitching of a motor vehicle, according to a police report released Wednesday. The other driver, Timothy Hill, 55, of Victoria Court, was ticketed for not wearing a seat belt. Allen told police he was headed east on Chestnut Avenue and thought he had the green light when he entered the intersection but noted sun glare on his windshield… Hill told police he had the green light, which a witness confirmed…

RT Korean Parking @Koreanparking Urban road safety hack in India:

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Good advice here >
RT @TraceTracking: Driving Dangers of 'Springing Forward'
This video report from Fox61 News warns motorists about the spike in drowsy driving during the first week of Daylight Saving Time.
For the full fleet safety tip, click here.

Keep an eye on ways  to reduce sun glare | C & G Newspapers

The sunny side of the street might also be the more dangerous side if drivers fail to take precautionary steps to fight sun glare while driving. According to an alert from AAA, sun glare is becoming more of a factor this time of year due to the recent start of daylight saving time and the timing of daily commutes. The agency says drivers who have to drive amid sun glare should follow some tips to avoid being blinded, which could endanger other vehicles or pedestrians. Those tips include slowing down, flapping down the sun visor and keeping distance between your car and the one in front. The windshield should also be kept clean and unmarred from cracks…

Good tips >
How to Avoid Crashes Due to Sun Glare: 4 Tips from an Alexandria Injury Attorney | via @morrisbartllc

Many drivers associate sunny weather with good driving conditions. Although driving at night is certainly more dangerous, daytime driving comes with its own risks.

Sun glare, in particular, contributes to a significant number of injury accidents. It is particularly hazardous in the early morning and late afternoon. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to avoid crashes related to sun glare. These include:
  • Cleaning your windshield;
  • Checking your wiper blades;
  • Using your sun visor;
  • Wearing polarized glasses;
  • And reducing your speed…

Portland's ""pedestrian problem"" is not going away | via @BikePortland

There’s been yet another crash in Portland involving a vulnerable road user. It marks a very troubling start to 2016 that should force the city to do a gut-check about its commitment to Vision Zero.
The latest tragedy on our streets happened yesterday at around 6:40 pm. According to the Portland Police Bureau, 36-year-old Evan Agrella was walking southbound when he entered the marked, mid-block crosswalk on SE Division between 142nd and 143rd. There are two standard vehicle lanes in this location. Argrella stepped into the first lane after drivers slowed and stopped for him. Unfortunately someone in the next lane failed to stop their car in time and struck him. As a result of this illegal and unsafe driving behavior, Argrella remains in the hospital with “traumatic, life-threatening injuries.” Police say officers who responded to the crash believe one of the contributing factors was, “the bright, setting sun that was directly in front of Lovric [the driver] as she drove westbound on Division Street.” Unfortunately, in their official media statement about the crash, the PPB didn’t mention that failure to stop for someone in a crosswalk is a clear violation of Oregon law. Sun glare is a serious safety issue, but it should never be referred to in the context of absolving a person from the responsibility to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. There were many factors present that should have resulted in this driver either stopping or slowing to a crawl: the sun glare; the presence of a crosswalk, median island and caution signage; and the fact that vehicles in the adjacent lane had stopped and their brake lights would have been on...

Cheers, Ralph


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