CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – This is the time of year that sun glare problems impact drivers on Floyd Hill and the Colorado Department of Transportation has offered tips to stay safe.
The sun glare problems occur every year between November and early February in the morning.
“Drivers can encounter blinding sun glare as they head eastbound up Floyd Hill,” Bob Wilson with CDOT said in a statement.
The glare occurs from about 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. It’s especially severe from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
“The problem is created by the sun’s angle during mid-to-late fall and early winter, along with the highway’s configuration going up Floyd Hill,” Wilsons said.
CDOT will warn drivers on electronic signs while approaching Floyd Hill.
Other driver recommendations from CDOT are as follows:
• Making sure the windshield is clean – inside and out
• Wearing a good pair of sunglasses to provide shading
• Anticipating traffic slowdowns and adjusting speed to avoid sudden reactions
• Letting off the accelerator and slowing down gradually instead of slamming on the brakes, if suddenly blinded by the sun
• Avoiding eastbound travel on Floyd Hill, if possible, between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
CDOT also reminds drivers involved in minor accidents on interstates to immediately move their vehicles to a safe location out of traffic.
“Many people are apprehensive about moving their vehicle after an accident, worried they’re jeopardizing their insurance coverage,” said Carole Walker, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. “However, it’s primarily about safety. First and foremost, the industry fully supports taking actions that reduces potential hazards for highway users.”
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