Driving in the low sun
When winter approaches, every driver has experienced the bright sunlight that blinds you whilst driving. Drivers commuting to work will notice how the sun starts to set as they are going home.
Sunsets and Sunrises are a pretty sight however it isn’t when driving as sometimes the suns rays are angled just below your sun visor. It can be hard to see in this light and causes many accidents…
Here are a few tips to keep yourself safe when driving in low sun conditions.
Always leave a pair of sunglasses in your car so you can adjust to the brightness when you need to. Invest in a decent pair of sunglasses, don’t just buy any cheap pair and make sure they allow full protection of the UV rays.
Certain shops will be able to tell you what glasses are suitable for driving and can recommend you the safest option.
Clean your Windscreen
Dirty windscreens also cause the sun glares to be worse. To prevent the streaks, wipe down your windscreen before setting off on each journey on the inside and use your wipers to clean the outside.
In the winter, we tend to use a lot more screen wash to get rid of the muck, road grit and bugs from the roads so make sure you are always topped up to the maximum before setting off.
Now this one seems ‘glaringly’ obvious… Use your sun visor. It is there for a reason and can make a difference. It may not fully help however it is best to block as much of the sun out as possible.
Slow Down and keep your Distance
Finally, slow down. Most accidents happen in low sun when the driver cannot see the car in front. Slow down and increase your distance.
This prevents any sudden-stops and gives you extra time to focus on where you are. If you cannot see the full road and do not feel comfortable, it is best to pull over in a safe place and wait until the sun starts to pass over.
Rule 237 of the Highway Code says motorists must slow down and stop if necessary if they are dazzled by bright sunlight. If you have an accident due to the low sun then police can decide to issue you a £100 fine and up to 3 penalty points!
For tips on how to drive in the winter months, click here.