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The Sun and driving

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The Sun and driving

The Sun at commuting times is quite low down at this time of year. Pity those commuters on the M4 which runs for almost most of its length along a E and W direction and to a lesser extent the A40/M40, M4 users get the sun in their eyes in the morning on their way towards London and again going home in the evening. There must be many other roads around the country that suffer the same problems.
Having experienced the M4 at these times, the sun while unpleasant can be coped with, with sunglasses and the cars fitted blinds.
But far worse in my opinion is the low sun from the side that shines through lines of trees, I can find this very unpleasant stroboscopic effect almost hypnotic, and I have to say potentially dangerous.
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I occasionally drive south on the A61 south of Sheffield and around a certain time of the day the sun can be at bonnet level.
The sun visor is no use as if it extended low enough to hide the sun I wouldn't be able to see anything of the road ahead.
Sunglasses would help but they are usually in the glove box Roll eyes
When it has been raining and the sun is slightly higher in the sky you get the sunlight direct plus reflected off the wet road.
You dare not brake because you are aware that the guy behind you is in a similar situation so you hope the guy in front keeps going.
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Never read the Sun while driving. It puts you off your swing.
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But far worse in my opinion is the low sun from the side that shines through lines of trees, I can find this very unpleasant stroboscopic effect almost hypnotic, and I have to say potentially dangerous.

Wasn't there an accident blackspot where it was found that at the speed limit the sun shining through a line of trees induced epileptics fits in susceptible drivers?
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If you just happen to get a glare in your eyes at the wrong angle then you can end up with a bad after-image which can obscure your vision somewhat.
Sunglasses certainly help reduce the effects.

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Never read the Sun while driving. It puts you off your swing.

No different from having a quick glance at the Mirror Grin

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But far worse in my opinion is the low sun from the side that shines through lines of trees, I can find this very unpleasant stroboscopic effect almost hypnotic, and I have to say potentially dangerous.
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You can sometimes eliminate much of that effect by swinging the sun visor to the side window - not sure if all cars allow you to do that though.
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Agreed, I think all but the very low budget cost cars will swing their visors.
The problem is often when the sun is at an angle say around 45 deg to the right when the visor is needed in the straight ahead as well as directly from the side. By the time the visor has been swung round the trees have been passed leaving you blinded to the ahead direction.
There's no real adequate answer for this short of chopping down all the trees within half a mile of a road, obviously unacceptable to most people.
I don't know but I would guess that the low sun is a factor in a lot of accidents.
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Re: The Sun and driving

I use the A128 most mornings and have this same problem - sun in my eyes that the sun visor really  doesn't cope with. let's not complain though, at least the sun is shining Smiley