Driving in the mountains can be challenging enough without the sun compromising your view. Sun glare is a serious issue that occurs just after sunrise and makes it much harder to see what lies ahead. Drivers blinded by the sun have trouble viewing road conditions, other vehicles, and any potential hazards, thereby elevating their risk of a motor vehicle accident.
The Colorado Department of Transportation recently issued a reminder that safety closures due to sun glare can happen on eastbound I-70 at Floyd Hill. These closures are announced in the morning on a case by case basis from November through February.
The blinding sun glare starts around sunrise and lasts until approximately 8:30 a.m. Closures and alerts are posted on overhead message boards starting east of the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel.
Sun glare is problematic because it can obscure hazards such as moisture on the roadway. It is also concerning in the presence of mountain diving conditions that include sharp turns, steep hills, and wildlife crossings. Sun glare safety closures at Floyd Hill become necessary for these reasons and can last around 45 minutes to an hour.
Tips for Dealing with Sun Glare
Not all mountain roads close because of sun glare. You may encounter this hazard elsewhere in your travels. Here are some tips to stay safe:
- Make sure that the inside and outside of your windshield is clean
- Check your windshield wiper fluid and top it off when it gets low
- Keep a good pair of sunglasses in your vehicle
- Expect traffic slowdowns when there is sun glare and adjust your speed accordingly
- Avoid slamming on your breaks if you are suddenly blinded by the sun
- Avoid sun glare altogether by adjusting your travel plans when possible
Road conditions can change quickly during the fall and winter. Other drivers may find themselves unprepared and may react poorly to unexpected situations.
If you were hit by a reckless or negligent driver, contact Boulder motor vehicle attorney Chris Jeffress at 303-993-8685. He offers free consultations to individuals in Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, and surrounding Colorado areas.