Twice a year, the sun becomes more of a concern for drivers, and one of those time periods is quickly approaching, as you may have noticed on your morning drive. On Thursday, September 22, 2016 the Autumnal Equinox will occur.
The equinox falls during days which have nearly equal periods of sunlight and darkness. With the Autumnal Equinox which is approaching, the sun is closely aligned with the path of eastbound vehicles in the morning, and westbound vehicles in the evening. Every year, the Patrol sees this affect traffic on our roads.
Safe driving during these periods with intense sunlight and sun glare can require planning ahead, and the Patrol offers the following tips:
Clean your windshield, both inside and outside, making sure to remove streaks.Wear clean sunglasses. Utilize the sun visor your vehicle is equipped with. Make yourself as visible as possible, leaving headlights on longer in the morning. Be prepared, and leave early if you’re able to the next few weeks.