You often hear a lot about the dangers of driving in ice and snow, but driving in bright sun can be equally hazardous. As the summer months are approaching, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself for changing driving conditions to reduce the risk of road traffic accidents and ensure that you’re ready to deal with dazzling sunlight.
Staying safe on the road in summer
Driving in glaring sunlight or during the late evening when the sun is low can be dangerous; here are five things to remember when driving in bright light to lower the risk of a car crash and prevent you from sustaining road accident injuries:
- Wear sunglasses: Sunglasses help to block out the glare of the sun and they can vastly improve visibility. If you usually wear glasses for driving, make sure you have a pair of prescription sunglasses in the car with you. As well as helping you to drive safely, sunglasses with UV filters also help to protect your eyes.
- Use a sun visor: Your car is fitted with sun visors for a reason, so if it’s bright or the sun is low and it is affecting your field of vision, put your visor down. If the sun is streaming in from the side, adjust the position of the visor to suit.
- Leave a gap: In bright sunlight, it’s advisable to leave a larger gap between your car and the vehicle in front of you; as your visibility is reduced in sunlight. Leaving a distance will give you more time to react if you need to brake suddenly.
- Pull over: If you can’t see properly and it’s not safe to continue your journey, find a safe place to pull over and stop until the sun has lowered or become less powerful. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and the last thing you want on your journey home is to be involved in a collision on the road.
- Slow down: More road accidents occur when the sun is bright because it’s more difficult to see the vehicles around you, their warning lights and the road ahead. Take extra care at roundabouts, in queuing traffic, at traffic lights and on motorways. Reduce your speed and double check before pulling out, stopping or moving off.
Making a claim for a road accident
If you’ve been in a crash in radiant sunshine or you’ve been injured on the road as a result of another driver’s negligence, you may wish to claim car crash compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, to find out more about making a no-win no-fee* road traffic accident claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice