The danger of low sun: risk of accidents due to glare when the sun is low in the sky

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Even though autumn is lovely, it is best to drive slowly when approaching it in traffic. According to Roland Frisch, chief driving instructor at ÖAMTC Fahrtechnik, “after the summer, we have to adjust to changed conditions in the fall and adapt our driving style. Morning dew, the first leaves on the roads, fog in the lowlands, or a low, blinding sun.”

A particular problem is the low sun. This is because it is often highly dazzling: “If you are dazzled for just one second at 100 km/h, you are flying blind for 30 meters,” warns the ÖAMTC driving technology professional. In particular, the narrow silhouette of two-wheelers can quickly “disappear” in front of the low sun.

Car drivers often underestimate the risk of accidents due to glare when the sun is low in the sky. It is hazardous in curves, on hilltops or at the entrances and exits of tunnels and underpasses. Dazzled people find it harder to see traffic lights and signs and can easily overlook pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. The risk of accidents while driving is exceptionally high when the sun rises or sets in the morning or evening during rush hour.

In addition to the best sunglasses and the sun visor down, a clean windshield on the inside and out will help reduce glare by preventing reflections and mirroring.
But watch out even when the sun isn’t shining, especially in the early morning and evening; motorists should expect fog in the fall and drive with appropriate caution.

Zero visibility: What to do?

In fog, it is to reduce speed, adapt to visibility, and switch on tail and fog lights. Other tips: Drive on the right and under no circumstances overtake; take special care when turning left and in roadworks. The fog makes markings and traffic routes more challenging to see.

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