Spring Equinox and Sun Glare Dangerous for Drivers
I was driving my three year old to day care this morning when she pointed to the sky and said, “See mommy? The pink!” My daughter loves seeing the sun rise in the morning. Meanwhile, I was blinded by the glare, seeing spots and pretty sure I breezed through the “orange” light behind me. I’m glad that particular traffic light doesn’t have cameras!
Sunday, March 19 marked the beginning of the Spring Equinox and the start to an increased risk of accidents, due to drivers (like me) being temporarily blinded by the sun. During this time of the year, the sun glare poses a higher risk because as the sun moves, it goes in direct east and west alignment. Those of us who work an 8am-5pm shift or drive for a living, will inevitably be one of the unlucky motorists seeing spots.
According to Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper, Sergeant John Lueckenoff, “Glare on 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.”
Treat sun glare as you would treat any other hazardous driving condition by slowing your speed and creating a greater following distance between your vehicle and others. The use of sun visors and sunglasses will also help to alleviate the hazards of windshield glare, caused by the position of the sun.
For more information on safety tips for the road ahead, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website and reduce your chances of being the next accident on the road.
-Jessica Peart, MSTG Account Manager