Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sun Glare While Driving – August 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

Three-car crash in Galena blamed on blinding sun | KWQC TV6

…”The accident happened shortly before 4:00 PM. The accident happened at US Hwy 20 West at Glen Hollow Road in rural Galena.

During the crash investigation, deputies learned a car traveling east on US Hwy 20 and was stopped waiting for oncoming traffic so she could turn onto Glen Hollow Road.

A second vehicle was stopped behind the first. A third vehicle driven by 85-year-old Richard Anderberg was traveling east on US Hwy 20 and he tells officers he was blinded by the sun and didn’t see the vehicles stopped. Anderberg hit the second stopped vehicle, pushing that vehicle into the first stopped car.”…


Driver 'blinded' by the sun before fatal collision | STV News

“Ho Cheng, 32, was convicted of causing the death of Patrick McCabe by careless driving following the crash on Scotland Street in Glasgow in March 2015.

Cheng, of Pollokshields, was ordered to perform 300 hours' unpaid work in the community.

Judge Johanna Johnston QC also banned him from driving for four years.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the Transit van hired by Mr McCabe had broken down and was being put on to a recovery vehicle when Cheng's BMW smashed into it.

Mr McCabe, who was standing in the roadway, died and the recovery vehicle driver, 51-year-old Martin Aird, was seriously injured.

The incident was captured on the dashcam of the car travelling behind Cheng.

It showed the sun was low in the sky and there was significant glare.”…

“He was originally on trial accused of causing death by dangerous driving but the jury unanimously cleared him of the more serious charge.”…


RT @the_DIA: Ever heard of the 'Dutch Reach'?  It could save lives! 

> Brilliant.

Video: https://t.co/FWdAkIo5A4 

RT @_ArriveAlive: Safe Driving at Sunset  https://t.co/35pCB5Uxl4  #ArriveAlive https://t.co/MrtvDraDcv

(The following is an excerpt from the link in the original tweet.  Well worth reading entire article! (Ed.))

“Why is driving at Sunrise and Sunset an Increased Risk to Safety?

  • At sunrise and before sunset the sun can shine directly into drivers’ eyes, leaving many motorists driving with a glare.
  • This leaves the driver’s view compromised making it much harder to see the road ahead and identify potential hazards.
  • At dusk / sunset your eyes must adapt to the changing level of brightness and it becomes more difficult to recognise threats to safety.
  • Although the sky mat still be light, the road will be darker with deep shadows and there is less contrast in colours (eg the colour of oncoming cars).
  • It will leave the driver closer to any hazard and leave a much reduced stopping distance.
  • Visibility is particularly poor at dusk and dawn because natural light is reduced and it isn’t dark enough for your headlights to be 100% effective.
  • Driving at these times is often associated with tiredness among drivers who have driven through the night or are returning from a hard day of work.
  • Exhaustion severely affects focus and reaction time, so it is advisable to keep driving to a minimum in these circumstances.
  • It is especially dangerous for the elderly drivers experiencing natural, age-related changes in vision.”…

“Safe Driving Techniques when driving at Sunrise and Sunset

Preparedness of the Driver

An informed road user is a safer road user. We would like drivers to be alert of risks, to be well prepared and able to make the necessary adjustments when required.

  • Think ahead of the planned drive, the potential threats on the road and be ready to adjust the way you drive.
  • Many drivers are able to self-regulate by limiting their driving in low light situations, such as at dusk, dawn or night.
  • Ensure alertness by avoiding driver tiredness, planning your rest stops and avoiding all driver distractions.
  • Be mindful of other drivers, and switch to your low beams if there’s oncoming traffic or if you’re following another vehicle.
  • Have good sunglasses available to you within easy reach.
  • Invest in polarized sunglasses – they can help reduce glare.
  • Avoid wearing tinted sunglasses at night, though they may be helpful during dusk and dawn when the sun is still out.
  • Utilize your sun visor – it can help to block out the sun.
  • Let your eyes adjust – The human eye naturally adjusts to the darkness, but it can take up to 30 minutes for your eyes to adapt to darkness fully and drivers should reduce speed during this transitional time.
  • Be conscious of vision changes. As we age, it is natural to experience vision changes that affect our visibility in low light situations, such as dusk and dawn.
  • A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see comfortably over a 30-year old driver.
  • Limited light can affect depth perception, colour perception, contrast sensitivity and peripheral vision.
  • Get regular check-ups for conditions like macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma.”…

Driver in fatal Shipshewana crash blames glare from sun | The Goshen News

“An official accident report released Friday by the Shipshewana Police Department provided more details into the death of a woman who was fatally struck on her bicycle Thursday morning.

According to Shipshewana police, Joyce Keim, 75, Elkhart, was driving a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country van south on Ind. 5, approaching the intersection of C.R. 345 North around 7:48 a.m. Thursday.

As Keim's vehicle approached the intersection, it struck the rear of Mahala K. Yoder's bicycle, police documented. Yoder, 34, Shipshewana, was stopped on her bicycle on Ind. 5 in the southbound lane waiting to make a left turn onto C.R. 345 North at the time of the collision, police said.

The collision caused Yoder to be pushed into the northbound lane, where she collided with the side of a passing Westview school bus, according to the police report. Keim told officers the glare from the sun in her left eye caused her to not see Yoder.”…


Cheers, Ralph

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