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The Dangers of a Dirty Windshield

Alameda Post - a dirty windshield. The seemingly small detail can be very detrimental to traffic safety

Mornings in Alameda can be a busy time with people headed off in all directions for work and school. That heavy traffic can lead to accidents, some of which may be caused or worsened by poor visibility. Many traffic accidents could be avoided by following these basic safety tips that can help to avoid or deal with poor visibility while driving, especially when the morning sun causes glare.

  • Alameda Post - the poster for the Traffic Safety Open House on Monday April 3Before driving, defrost your windshield and windows. Make sure they are clean, inside and out. Moisture and grime that look ok in your driveway can obscure vision in the sun.
  • Wear sunglasses and use the car’s sun visor as needed.
  • Reduce your speed, especially approaching intersections.
  • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
  • Adjust travel plans—time or route—to avoid sun glare.
  • If you really can’t see due to glare or windshield conditions, safely pull over and wait until you can see. It’s not worth the risk.

Other safety tips for drivers include keeping your speed low, watching for pedestrians and bicyclists, always driving sober, and choosing a smaller car when possible. Safety tips for all modes of travel include taking care when turning, staying focused and alert, staying visible, and being predictable.

Learn more at the Traffic Safety Open House today, Monday, April 3, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Alameda Free Library. Drop in anytime and hear what the City is doing to improve safety, share your concerns, and get safety tips. The event is free, open to people of all ages, and will have a children’s coloring table, light snacks, and stickers and giveaways. Community members are invited to bring a flower to add to a memorial. Learn more at the Vision Zero page on the City of Alameda website.

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