The sunrise over Lake Superior from behind the wheel during the morning commute.

The weather over the last few days has been more than a bit challenging, with fog, rain and even some sleet.

This is also the time of year where glare from the sun can create problems on your morning or evening commute.

Check out this picture.

Our own marketing and sales guru Mike Flannery snapped this shot of the sunrise as he drove in to work in Marquette from Negaunee yesterday.  With the sun encased in low-lying fog, it was quite a challenge to not be blinded.

Because the sun rises and sets closer to the horizon and almost exactly east and west in the fall, driving can be difficult and, in some cases, dangerous. The Michigan Department of Transportation (M-DOT) offers these tips for safe fall driving:

-Adjust the time that you travel to and from your destination;

-Wear a good pair of sunglasses and drive slower than you usually do; and

-Keep the windshield clean as the sun’s glare can make dirt more obvious.

“Using any or all of these tips, especially in early fall, can make our roads safer,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T.Steudle. “Another good way to deal with the bright sunlight is to allow more space between you and the vehicle in front of you.”

Intense glare from the sun on the horizon has the potential to blind drivers,causing unexpected slow downs. Other potential safety hazards exist every year as well, like wet, fallen leaves and frost.

For more information on autumn driving tips, visit the M-DOT Web site by clicking “HERE“.