Beware of the dangers of low sun at this time of year
14th November 2023
We have covered this subject before but it’s such a critical safety issue it’s worth revisiting – we’re at the time of the year when the sun is lower in the sky. For drivers a lower sun means it’s closer to eye level. And at this time of the year, low sun typically coincides with the morning and evening commute to work. You can easily be dazzled by the glare from a low sun: UK Government statistics indicate that low sun contributes to 3,000 car accidents a year of which over 400 will result in serious injury and 35 will be fatalities. Here are some sensible actions you can take to mitigate against the hazards of low sun when driving:
– Keep your windscreen clean inside and out.
– Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
– If blinded, slow down immediately. It is tempting to carry on regardless to let the glare pass but by then it may be too late.
– Wear polarised sunglasses – they are designed to cut glare and are recommended by the AA, RAC and other leading transport organisations..