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Autumn Sun Glare More Hazardous During East To West Commutes Until The End Of Daylight Saving Time

From now to the end of daylight saving time on November 3 is a deadly time of year for east to west commuters due to the sun’s alignment during sunrise and sunset. Drivers should take additional precautions such as leaving additional space between vehicles, wearing sunglasses, making sure their windshields are clean and slowing down, advises AAA Mid-Atlantic.

During October, the sun will rise between 7:04 a.m. and 7:34 a.m. when drivers are headed out on their daily commutes to work and to drop their children off at school. The sun will set between 6:51 p.m. and 6:09 p.m. when commuters are headed home. “It is during the first 15 to 45 minutes of sunrise that sun-glare becomes a serious hazard to motorists,” advises the National Weather Service (NWS). “Motorists traveling westbound can also experience sun-glare as the sun drops lower toward the horizon,” warns the NWS.

“The bright sun can easily impede the ability to see the road, pedestrians, cyclists and traffic signals,” says John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs. “Motorists should take additional precautions to avoid being blinded by the light including wearing sunglasses, cleaning their windshields, slowing down, and altering their commutes whenever possible.”

The National Weather Service and AAA Mid-Atlantic provide safety tips to area drivers.