Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Don't let the dazzling sun tamper your journey - advice from the IAM

Low sun can impact your driving, making it difficult to see other things or people on the road. With our latest tips, however, you can find the best ways possible to make your journey safe.

When it's low take it slow

Too much bright light can be as effective at stopping you see things as too little – but you must still be able to stop within the distance you can see to be clear.  If low sun is affecting your ability to see clearly then slow down. Don't feel the need to increase your speed if a vehicle is tailgating behind you and slow down as you approach areas like sharp bends or experience changes in light level where others may be harder to see. 

Sunglasses at the ready

A sun visor doesn't necessarily stop low sun from beaming into your windscreen, so wear sunglasses. Keep a pair handy in the car so you can wear them when you need to – but remember to take them off if you go into a darker area, like the shade of trees.

Switch them on

When driving before sunset always switch on your headlights so other drivers can see you. The same applies for driving after sunrise where you should keep your headlights switched on until the light level really gets up.

Dip them low

When the sun is beaming into your car from the rear window, it will often dazzle you via your mirrors. In such cases, be prepared to dip your mirrors and check over your shoulder to see vehicles in your blind spot. 

Wash them clean

Dirt and grime are often highlighted on your windscreen when you are driving in low sun. To ensure this does not obstruct your vision make sure your washer bottle is filled with a good quality screen washer liquid so you can wash away any deposits and clear the streaks.

Avoid direct gazing

Try and avoid looking directly at the sun as this will impact what you can see on the road. Low and sharp sun rays can make your eyes feel blurry and hazy – if you experience this when you are driving then take a break from your journey until you can see clearly again.

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