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Dealing with sun glare

Lisa Varano, staff writer

October 11, 2010 — The sun rising and setting during rush hour can cause dangerous sun glare.

Sunset on the drive home in Bolton, Ontario
Sunset on the drive home in Bolton, Ontario

Drivers are squinting on the way to and from work as the sun's harsh glare makes it difficult to see the road.

When the sun sits low on the horizon, it glares off particles in the atmosphere and makes it look brighter than it actually is.

Sun glare is a big problem for motorists at this time of year.

“During the fall, the sun is starting to sit lower in the atmosphere so we're starting to get a lot more of that glare. And the time the sun is setting is around rush hour time ... so we're starting to notice the glare even more,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Here are some tips on coping with sun glare:

  • Check the time of sunrise and sunset in your area and avoid them if you can
  • Slow down and keep your distance in case the sun's glare suddenly catches you
  • Wear sunglasses and use your vehicle's sun visor
  • Keep the windshield clean because the sun's glare can make dirt more obvious

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