Morning drive more dangerous thanks to sun glare

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Your morning drive to work or to take the children to school is about to get a bit more dangerous thanks to a blinding light in the sky, the sun.

The National Weather Service said, for at least the next couple of weeks, the sun rise will align itself perfectly with our east and west roadways during the busiest part of the morning drive.

The Fall Equinox will also cause problems for the evening drive home.

Officials said drivers going east on roadways like I-40 will see the blinding glare from 7:15 a.m. until about 8:15 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service, sun glare is the biggest hazard to drivers during the first 15 to 45 minutes of sunrise.

Also, those who head west to go home will have the same problem at sunset.

From the National Weather Service
From the National Weather Service

Ways to keep yourself and other drivers safe:

  • Be aware that cars traveling toward the sun at sunrise or sunset may be virtually blinded.
  • Wear quality polarized sunglasses to help reduce glare.
  • Be alert to changing cloud cover and changing traffic flow.
  • A dirty windshield only worsens the problem. Clean your windshield thoroughly, including the inside, since dirt and haze on the glass increases glare and makes it especially hard to see.
  • Don’t put reflective items on the dashboard.
  • Turn on headlights so oncoming motorists can see you as they are driving toward the sun.
  • Increase your following distance beyond the recommend safe distances to allow three or more seconds between vehicles. If you get cut off, keep your cool and maintain a safe distance.
  • If possible, change your driving route. Use north-south streets until you find an east-west road with lots of trees or taller buildings.

Sunrise/Sunset Times for Oklahoma City for September 2013:

Day Sunrise Time (CDT) Sunset Time (CDT)
24 720 AM 723 PM
25 721 AM 722 PM
26 722 AM 720 PM
27 722 AM 719 PM
28 723 AM 717 PM
29 724 AM 716 PM
30 725 AM 715 PM

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