With the heatwave & sunshine expected to make an imminent return, people are being warned of the dangers of gleaming sunshine while driving.
We’ve devised our top 10 tips for drivers to have a safe & stress free time behind the wheel in the much valued sunshine!
1- Invest in some polarised glasses
Polarised lenses contain a filter which blocks out very intense reflected light, making polarised sunglasses ideal for reducing the sun’s glare when driving.
2- Leave extra following distance
Polarised lenses contain a filter which blocks out very intense reflected light, making polarised sunglasses ideal for reducing the sun’s glare when driving. 2. Leave more following room
3- Keep your windshield clean
Smears on windscreens can be made highly visible when the sun is shining on them, blocking a driver’s vision and providing distraction.
4- Clear your dashboard of clutter
A cluttered dashboard can be distracting when driving. Materials such as paper and glass can reflect sunlight and obstruct vision, so keeping a clean dashboard will eliminate any dangers.
5- Quite an obvious one… but ease off the speed if you can’t see!
Driving slower or pulling over and waiting until the sun has moved are the safest things to do if the sun is obstructing your vision.
6- Ensure your windshield isn’t pitted or cracked
Pits and cracks in the windshield can cause sunlight to scatter and distort your view of the road. Ensure your windshield is in top condition before the sunny summer months arrive.
7- Take account the time of day which you’ll be travelling
Thinking about the time of day you’re driving at is important during the summer months, as mornings and evenings mean the sun is low in the sky and more likely to interfere with your vision when driving. Try and avoid getting behind the wheel at these times if you can.
8- Another obvious one… but pay attention to road markings
Paying careful attention to road markings is important when driving on a sunny day. If the sun is obstructing your clear vision ahead, being aware of the road markings will help you make sure you are in the correct lane.
9- Don’t forget about your sun visor
Sun visors are there to help block out the sun and give you a safer driving environment, so make sure you’re making full use of it!
10- Consider having your windows tinted
Tinting windows can help the sun not to appear quite as bright and blinding. According to the law, the front windscreen and front side windows must let at least 70 per cent of light through, so bear this in mind if you opt to tint your windows.