While any amount of sunshine is welcomed at this time of year, the glaring low winter sun is taking no prisoners. In 2015 dazzling sun was a factor in over 2,500 crashes including 17 fatalities. Even though we have many tools that aid in protecting us from the glare, we often forget to use them. This week’s tips give advice on how to stay safe on the road with the glare of the sun on rampage, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.
- Keep your windscreen clean both inside and out. Dirt or salt residue will magnify the effect of the sun
- On the outside check for chips or cracks, replace worn wiper blades and make sure your washer bottle is kept well topped up with good quality screen fluid strong enough to avoid freezing
- Keep a cloth or chamois to wipe away the dirty film that builds up on the inside due to screen heating and condensation
- Use your sun visor. It may sound pretty standard but a surprising number of people forget
- Invest in polarized sunglasses and remember to take a rest. Your eyes will strain quickly if you are squinting
- Slow down and leave extra space between you and the driver ahead if you are dazzled.This will give you more time to regain full control and assess the situation.
Richard said: “Low winter sun may not deliver a useful tan but a clear view of the road ahead is vital if you are going to get through the winter as safely.”