Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sun Glare While Driving – August 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

Shane O'Connor @oconnorshane:  Be especially careful in work zones. Road Safety. No distractions.

> @SunPosition:  @oconnorshane I hope they have a similar ad showing guys shaving behind the wheel.

TWC News Rochester @TWCNewsROC:  Deputies say sun glare potential factor in Perinton NY crash—man on bike hit by 1 vehicle, then another

Sun glare believed to be a factor: Sheriff >

Man Struck by Two Vehicles in Perinton | TWC News

“A man riding his bike Thursday evening on Whitney Road was struck by two vehicles and taken to the hospital, where he was placed in a medically-induced coma.

Vincent Jacobs, 22, is in critical condition, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Jacobs was using the crosswalk from the Pines of Perinton when he was struck by a car driving west. The impact left Jacobs in the eastbound lane, where he was stuck again by another vehicle.

The sheriff's office believes sun glare could have been a factor in the crash.” … #ROC

Rescuers unable to see them due to sun glare >

2 Pilots Survived 21 Terrifying Hours in the Oceans of Hawaii | Newser

“David McMahon says he wasn't terribly afraid in the first minutes after the two-engine plane he had been flying crashed in Hawaiian waters en route from Oahu to the Big Island. After all, the 26-year-old tells Hawaii News Now of the July 13 accident, he and the plane's co-pilot, 23-year-old Sydnie Uemoto, had survived the crash and had called for assistance before they bailed out of the plane. Help would soon arrive, he thought. But what the pair ended up going through in the ocean soon brought his fears to the forefront, notes the , with a 21-hour ordeal that included McMahon's life vest getting punctured (meaning he had to tread water and swim), jellyfish stings, and being circled by a shark as rescue choppers and search planes passed them by, unable to see them due to the waves and sun glare even though they flew over the two at least 10 times…”

Sun glare suspected in left turn crash >

Victims in Two Separate Fatal Motorcycle Crashes Identified | TWC News

“Around 7 p.m., crews responded to Trimmer Road near West Ridge Road for a car and motorcycle accident.

Deputies say Joseph D'Agostino, 54, of Spencerport was driving his motorcycle east on Route 104 when a car turned in front of him. D'Agostino was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the car said she never saw the motorcycle. Deputies believe sun glare may have been a factor in the crash…”

Driver claims sun glare made traffic light hard to see >

Pastor killed, wife critically injured in motorcycle crash |

“A pastor of a Bordentown Township church was killed and his wife critically injured Sunday night when their motorcycle collided with an SUV in Eastampton, police said.

The 7:55 p.m. crash occurred when Larry and Leslie House, both 57, were riding a motorcycle through the intersection of Woodlane and Smithville roads, police said.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, but it appears Susan Deserio, 62, of Pennsylvania, failed to stop at the red light and struck the couple with her Subaru Forester.

She told police she could not see because of the sun glare. Charges have not been filed yet…”

Good tips here >

DriveTeam, Inc.@DriveTeamInc:  Dangers of driving into the 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.”

UPDATE: Police issue sun glare warning with pics of crunched-up car after crash in Witney | Oxford Mail

A car and bin lorry crashed in Witney

“POLICE officers urged drivers to take care in the sun's glare after a crash in central Witney this morning.

Thames Valley Police released dramatic images showing the crunched-up car, which appeared to have crashed with a Biffa lorry in Langdale Gate.”…

“Make sure your windscreens are clean inside and out with the low morning sun. Costly for this motorist.”… 

Grey Cells @greycells:  It's that time of year again. The most predictable object in the solar system but still confounds some drivers.

> @SunPosition:  The sun may not seem so predictable in a dynamic environment such as driving. @greycells @vanpdf

Vancouver Pedestrian @vanpdf:  @SunPosition @greycells then blame driving for crashes instead of sun. Why design cities & roads to be "dynamic" if low sun happens 2x/day?

> @SunPosition:  @vanpdf @greycells Curves, corners, hills, shadows, etc., all play into the dynamics of driving in low bright sun.

Vancouver Pedestrian @vanpdf:  @sunposition @greycells These are driving problems, not sun problems. Sun isn’t the problem. Driving is.

> @SunPosition:  @vanpdf @greycells When you can see one second, and not the next, I would suggest it's the sun creating a driving problem.

> @SunPosition:  @vanpdf @greycells The sun rises and sets in the same direction only 2 days out of 365 per year. Moving target.

Vancouver Pedestrian @vanpdf:  @SunPosition @greycells lower speeds solve safety with low sun quite nicely. Hard to kill at 20, even if blinded. At 60, killing is default.

> @SunPosition:  @vanpdf @greycells Couldn't agree more. Lower speeds is a practical solution in pedestrian zones, not so much on highways.

Vancouver Pedestrian @vanpdf:  @sunposition @greycells Lower highway speeds work fine.  A world of difference between 60 km/h on the highway and 130 km/h on the highway.

Grey Cells @greycells:  @SunPosition Light & shadows on new routes tell you what's coming. Drivers habitual routes would not surprise. Everyday Absolution @vanpdf

Anyone else have their Forward Collision Warning System triggered by sunlight? Scares the daylights out of me (no pun intended).

Police warn of sun glare >

RT TVP Carterton ‏@TVP_Carterton: Make sure your windscreens are clean inside and out with the low morning sun. Costly for this motorist

Don't mix gasoline and alcohol. Ruins your engine - and tastes awful.

That flip-down thing above your windshield isn't for holding CDs, papers, etc. Keep it clear so you can use it as intended.

Scott Marshall @SafeDriver:  Driving into the sunset isn't as romantic as many think it is. Here's how to safely deal with glare; 


“Like most people, I enjoy having the bright sunshine compared to an overcast day anytime. Feeling the warmth on my face relaxes me and makes me happy…well, most of the time. Driving toward the bright sun isn’t always relaxing and driving into the sunset isn’t always romantic. Sometimes it can be blinding. Even though that’s the case there are a few things we can do to help make driving safer in those conditions.”… (Read on at link below)

Blind leading blind >

Two vehicles leave highway at end of 103 near Yarmouth | NovaNewsNow 

“A blinding sun is being blamed for an accident early Monday evening in which two vehicles drove off the end of Highway 103 in Yarmouth County.”…

“The vehicles – one with Ontario licence plates, the other from Pennsylvania – were heading west on the 103 when they apparently were blinded by the sun and didn’t realize they were at the end of the highway, the chief said.

The sun was low enough that they didn’t see the signs and they just drove basically right off the highway,” he said.”…

Interesting "Smart Windshield" research >

University of Florida Transportation Institute

…”“Smart Windshield” – a windshield that becomes darker when is in contact with the sun’s ultra violet light. It will become part of the Automated Vehicle Technologies Implementation project. Sun glare has become a natural threat for all drivers by reducing their visibility and increasing their perception reaction time (interval of time between the appearance of an unknown obstacle and the driver’s initiation of action). This project focuses on reducing the vehicle crashes caused by sun glare by installing photochromic molecules (clear molecules that become darker when they are in contact with the sun’s ultra violet light) in the car’s windshield. The expected result of this project is to improve the driver’s vision by reducing the effects of disability glare (reduction in visibility caused by the presence of a light source in the eyes2,3) and improving their perception-reaction time”…

Pics obviously taken later, sunrise was at 6:40 >

Man dead, two injured, in TTC bus crash – CityNews | via @CityNews

TTC, crash, fatal

(photo source:

”One man is dead and two people are in hospital after a two-vehicle crash in the city’s northeast end.

A car rear-ended a TTC bus in the southbound lanes of Warden Avenue, near Finch Avenue, around 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday.

A 26-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was sitting in the backseat of the car at the time of the crash.”… 

DriveSmartBC: @DriveSmartBC @SunPosition Possibly rear seat passenger unbelted and collided with front seat passenger? Lifespace in car still intact...

> @SunPosition: @DriveSmartBC Sounds likely. Unbuckled passengers are a hazard to not only themselves, but to others in the car.

We're approaching that time of year again when low sun coincides with morning and afternoon commutes. Sunglasses & visors ready.

> @SunPosition:  Hey Kevin. Thank you kindly for the RT. @SF_KevinG

@SF_KevinG: You're welcome, Ralph! Thanks for such great expert content.

> @SunPosition:  Wow, thank YOU.

J. Peter Donald @JPeterDonald:  @NYPDSpecialops is at Pier 79. They have pulled numerous kayakers from the water after getting hit by a ferry

Police look into whether sun glare was factor in kayak crash | CNBC

“Authorities are looking into whether sun glare was a factor in an accident in which a ferry departing a pier slammed into a group of kayakers, critically injuring one and knocking some into the Hudson River.

Ten people in eight kayaks were paddling down the river on Tuesday evening on a sunset excursion when they were struck by a NY Waterway ferry, New York Police Department Inspector David Driscoll said.”…

“Authorities don't know what caused the crash but said they were investigating whether sun glare played a role.

"When you're driving the same thing happens," Driscoll said. "When that sun is low in the sky you get a glare condition, and where you get blinded on the road sometimes the same conditions could exist on the water."”…

Cheers, Ralph

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