DRIVERS could be looking at £1,000 fines for common mistakes made in the darker, winter months.
With the clocks changing, the sun has already begun to set by the time many people begin their commute home, causing a number of problems for drivers.
A low setting sun can cause a strong glare across a car’s windshield, which could create deadly conditions for the driver and other motorists.
With commuters often eager to get home after a long day, the low setting sun can add extra danger to winter roads, meaning driving standards could take a dip.
According to UK laws, failure to have proper control of the vehicle or a full view of the road and traffic ahead could result in a hefty fine.
Drivers could be left with a £1000 fine and 3 points on your licence, if stopped by police for dangerous driving.
Motoring experts, Vanarama, have warned that commuters should take extra care if they are driving in low sunlight, as simple mistakes could prove costly.
Paired with wintery conditions and icy roads, drivers should be even more alert when the sun is setting.
Andy Alderson, CEO, and Founder of Vanarama advises “With the clocks going back, UK drivers will be faced with low sunlight in peak road times.
“If drivers are not prepared for driving in low sunlight, they could put themselves and other road users in danger."
Andy suggests that drivers should take extra care on the road, keeping larger distances between themselves and the cars in front, or even tinting your car windows.
He said: “To prevent being dazzled by the low sun when driving, motorists should check their windscreen is clean before setting off, wear polarised sunglasses, and keep a safe distance from other drivers when the sun is distorting their view.”
Best safety tips for driving in low sunlight:
1. Take extra car driving in wet conditions
The low setting sun can not only blind drivers, but wet roads can also reflect the light, making it more distracting for drivers and difficult to see. Driving slower and keeping distance between the car in front will ensure you get home safely.
2. Keep your windscreen clean
A dirty windscreen can be hard to see out of, and paired with the glare of a low setting sun, it could prove even harder. Regularly cleaning the inside and outside of your window can help you avoid a hefty fine.
3. Keep your screen wash topped up
Keeping your washer fluid topped up can help you keep your window clean and free of obstructions. Make sure to check it regularly and keep some spare in your vehicle.
4.Leave extra space between you and the car in front
With road visibility already low, it's important to give yourself plenty of time and space to assess and react to the situation on the road. Keeping distance between you and the other cars around you gives you the best chance at avoiding an accident.
5. Use your sun visor
A visor can be incredibly useful at blocking out the blinding sun from most angles, though drivers should be careful, as the visor can also reduce your visibility of the road.
6. Use polarised sunglasses
Using polarised sunglasses can help you where a visor is not able to block the low setting sun, and can also reduce glare from wet roads. Polarised lenses block out horizontal light, and are the best at combating sun glare.
7. Consider getting tinted windows
Not only do tinted windows combat low sunlight they also help with sun in the summer and helps keep your car cooler. Window tints cost around £350, so it's a little more costly but significantly safer in protecting you against the winter sun.
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