CLEVELAND — As we approach the fall season, the National Weather Service of Cleveland is warning drivers on the roadways to be mindful of sun glares that can contribute to an uptick in car-related crashes.
According to the National Weather Service, during the fall equinox, the sun rises and sets immediately east and west, which can leave motorist blinded by the light.
It is that time of year again where there are an uptick of accidents because of #Sun glare around the #FallEquinox. Beware of the dangers driving on West to East roadways near sunrises and sunsets or during rush hour time periods. #OHwx #PAwx #ThisIsCLE #CLEwx #NWS #Cleveland pic.twitter.com/qQxrug0qqW— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) September 18, 2019
The most dangerous time to drive is the first 10-15 minutes after sunrise when the sunrise is on the eastern horizon, the NWS says.
Around the fall equinox, the sunrise corresponds with the early morning peak traffic rush.
Equinoxes happen twice a year when the Earth's axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in almost equal amount of daylight and darkness of all latitudes.