Morning commutes on Interstate 70 during the winter months can be quite the challenge - and not just because of snow.

From early November through early February, sun glare in the Floyd Hill area of I-70, east of Idaho Springs, can cause a blinding glare for eastbound drivers, especially between 7 and 8:30 a.m.

This, of course, is due to the sun's angle at this time of year in combination with the hill and the highway's configuration.

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be offering advance notifications of potential hazards with messages on its electrical sign boards before drivers reach the Floyd Hill area, alerting drivers of the sun glare and to anticipate lower speeds.

CDOT gives drivers these tips to help decrease sun glare issues and avoid wrecks:

  • Make sure your windshield is clean both inside and outside.
  • Wear a good pair of sunglasses to provide shading and eye protection.
  • Expect traffic slowdowns and adjust speed to avoid sudden reactions and crashes.
  • Let off the accelerator and slow down gradually instead of slamming on the brakes if you are suddenly blinded by sun.
  • If possible, avoid eastbound travel on I-70 on Floyd Hill between 7 and 8:30 a.m.

If you happen to get into a minor crash, move vehicles to a safe location out of the way. This is Colorado state law.