Bright weather, including sunshine or lack of cloud cover, can be more dangerous to motorists than you may expect. Bright weather can cause major problems when you drive at any time of year, not just in summer.
We take a look at some precautions to take to minimise the hazards associated with bright weather conditions.
Be prepared for bright weather
- Always carry a pair of polarised sunglasses with you. They won’t give you perfect vision in bright conditions, but they are your best first step. Polarised sunglasses should also act as strong protection for your eyes from dangerous UV rays.
- Dirt on your windscreen can intensify the glare of the sun, making it difficult to see and increasing your risk of being injured in a car accident. Make sure to wash your windscreen.
- Use the car’s sun visor if sunlight is affecting your vision. All vehicles should have them, and the majority of visors can block sunlight beaming through the windscreen.
Be aware when driving in bright weather
- You should always stay alert and be aware of extra vehicles on the road, particularly during bright weather conditions. This will help to reduce your likelihood of having an incident on the road.
- If you are experiencing difficulty seeing, drive slower.
- Bright weather conditions can reduce both your visibility and reaction time. You should therefore leave a larger gap than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Always look out for pedestrians
Sunny weather often means people will be out walking or playing outside. Look out for children playing near the road in particular, and stay alert when behind the wheel.
Never underestimate the danger of bright weather
The majority of drivers will underestimate the dangers of bright weather conditions. Use our tips above to enjoy driving on a sunny day by reducing the risk of road traffic accidents.
What should I do if I have suffered a personal injury on the road?
If you have been injured in a car accident, Accident Advice Helpline can help. We have 15 years’ experience in providing personal injury compensation, and can help you to make a successful injury claim.
If you have suffered an accident that wasn’t your fault, whether on the road or elsewhere, get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, to see how much compensation you could be entitled to. Our freephone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: October 5, 2016
Author: Accident Advice