We all know the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. If you are facing either direction, you know how blinding the sun can be when it's low on the horizon.
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If you've ever played sports as the sun set, you may have lost track of the ball as it barrels toward you. It can be frightening. Imagine that ball being a child or motorcyclist you can't see because you are temporarily blinded. The blinding sun has been repeatedly blamed for traffic collisions. That is why traffic collision reports specifically have spaces for the time of day and light conditions at the time of impact. That alone should illustrate why precautions must be taken when driving east or west at blinding times.
Glare from the morning sun likely contributed to this Nashua, N.H. crash that seriously injured a 55-year-old man.
Make sure to use your auto sun visor. Always wear sunglasses when facing the sun. It will protect your eyes and help you see better. Never place the visor in a position that obscures your long distance vision. If all else fails, and you have some minutes to spare, take an alternate route or pull over until the sun sets or is blocked out.
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