Cooler fall temps are almost here, but the sun is still dangerous -- for drivers

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Fall is just around the corner!

As you look forward to cooler temperatures, try not to look directly into the sun as you drive -- and this will be hard.


The beginning of autumn, the fall equinox, is the time of year when it’s tough to drive during the hours of sunrise and sunset.

"Arizona's roads are built on a grid system, which means the sun will be directly in the line of sight of commuters who head east for work and west for home during the equinox," said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA. "This can make it difficult to see traffic signals, pedestrians and other vehicles.”

AAA advises drivers to take precautions to avoid being blinded by the sun.

To help Arizona drivers through the fall equinox, here are some tips from AAA.

Slow down. Give yourself more time to react to situations on the road by reducing your speed.

Use sun block, visors, and sunglasses. That will protect your eyes and stop glare.

Keep your windshield clean inside and out. A dirty, windshield magnifies glare and can block your already rough view of the roads.

Take alternative routes to limit east/west directions, if possible.

Change the time of day you travel. Try not to drive during sunrise and sunset.