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Overpowering sun glare due to fall equinox


OKLAHOMA CITY – You might have noticed a very powerful sun glare obstructing your windshield while driving down the road, especially during sunrise and sunset.

That’s because the fall equinox just passed through this week, altering the direction of the sun, affecting east and west roads here in Oklahoma.

“The sun has been bright,” Roy West says.

Earlier Tuesday morning Roy West was traveling east towards Jones, when he was blinded by the overbearing glare of the sun.

“You just can’t see, you can’t see. It will be like shadows or something, especially early in the morning,” said West.

“It can be a risk, you can’t see stoplights sometimes, pedestrians, or the cars in front of you,” said Barnes.

Ryan Barnes with the National Weather Service said the heavy rays are a result from the Fall Equinox, where the sun spends roughly an equal amount of time above and below the horizon.

“Keep your visors down and just pay attention. Always keep a good amount of space between you and the vehicle in front of you,” said Barnes.

Some people clean their windshields while they’re filling up with gas which obviously helps with visibility. It’s also important to check your windshield wipers for any sort of wear or tear.

It’s just as important to check the inside of your windshield to make sure that’s clean as well when you’re dealing with sun glare.

“That’s what I do, exactly what I do, clean my windshield every morning,” said West.

Safety precautions you can take to ultimately stay safe behind the wheel.

Over the next week or so, the sunrise will range from 7:15 a.m.-7:25 a.m., which is in the peak of morning rush hour.

A similar situation takes place during sunset, which ranges from 7:15 p.m.-7:25 p.m.

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