Monday, July 3, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – June 2017

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 Zero Fatalities‏ @ZeroFatalities: TEENS: YOU are the boss of your car. Before you start the car make sure all passengers are buckled up.

> @ZeroFatalities Don't let unbuckled passengers become deadly projectiles.

Recent articles about the dangers of sun glare while driving -

RT @CyclingScience1: Drivers who don't cycle are slowest to spot cyclists on the road and more likely to hit them. See

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RT @IIHS_autosafety: With poor headlights on a dark road, a driver can't brake in time to avoid a collision above 35 mph.

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Driving with Limited Visibility: What You Can Do to Avoid A Crash | Top Driver

“When dealing with limited visibility, the first rule is that you only drive when you must. If you can avoid driving in fog, rain, night-time or other conditions that limit your visibility, you will reduce the risk of becoming involved in a crash. Here’s what you need to know about driving with limited visibility and solutions to reach your destination safely:

  1. Dirty windows. Clean before starting a trip (inside & outside). Keep the windshield washer fluid reservoir full.
  1. Objects inside vehicle that create blind spots. Keep cargo and other objects low. Hang clothes in rear on driver’s side.
  1. Frost or ice on windows. Use defroster before beginning trip.
  1. Fog, rain, blowing snow. Wait in a safe area for conditions to improve. Reduce your speed, increase your following distance. Use your headlights, or hazard lights if speed is more than 15 miles below posted limit.
  1. Standing water sprayed onto windshield. Try to anticipate, stay calm, hold wheel firmly, avoid braking.
  1. Snow on vehicle. Clear all snow and ice from windows, lights, mirrors, hood and roof.
  1. Low light/night driving. Use headlights, reduce speed, dim dash lights.
  1. Shadows. Increase scanning, reduce speed.
  1. Bright sun/glare. Use sunglasses, visor.
  1. Oversized vehicles. Maintain cushion of safety, increase following distance, approach carefully.

There are times when you cannot control your driving conditions. If you find yourself in a situation of limited visibility, avoid driving if possible. But in a circumstance when you must drive, use these tips to drive with limited visibility and safely reach your destination.”

Cab driver blames 'glare of sun' for causing OAP death | BBC News

James Buchanan

“A taxi driver killed an 89 year-old man after failing to spot him due to glare of the sun.

James Buchanan struck the shopping trolley pulled by David McQuiston, knocking the pensioner to the ground.

Mr McQuiston died two months later after never fully recovering from the collision in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Buchanan - a cab driver for 18 years - admitted a charge of causing death by careless driving.

The court heard that Mr McQuiston was returning home from visiting his wife, who had dementia, at the time of the accident in January 2015.

Prosecutor Tim Niven Smith said "the sun was low in the sky" with its brightness "reducing visibility" for motorists.”…

One Killed, ID'd In SR-79 Crash Near Temecula:

Driver Was Blinded By Sun Glare, CHP Says | Temecula Patch

One Killed, ID'd In SR-79 Crash Near Temecula: Driver Was Blinded By Sun Glare, CHP Says“One person is dead and two others are hospitalized with major injuries following a crash near Temecula Wednesday night, the Riverside County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol report. A total of 10 people were involved in the four-car pileup which apparently happened after a man says he was blinded by the sun and swerved out of his lane.”…

Cheers, Ralph

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