The return of cars on the road after lockdown restrictions came to an end has helped to reduce the number of fatalities caused by driving.
According to figures from the Department for Transport, the number of road deaths where sun dazzle was a contributory factor fell from 41 in 2020 to 19 the following year. This is thought to be the result of heavier traffic forcing drivers to slow down and concentrate more.
Glare is particularly a problem at this time of the year when the sun is low in the sky during rush hour. Therefore, drivers need to stay alert, and slow down if they are blinded by the sun.
Sean Sidley, AA Patrol of the Year, recommended keeping sunglasses close by, using headlights to help other motorists see you, and maintaining a safe distance between vehicles.
“If the sun is behind you, bear in mind that the drivers coming toward you may be affected by the sun,” he stated.
Mr Sidley also suggested keeping the windscreen clean to reduce glare, replacing old wiper blades, and using screen wash that also has anti-freeze in it.
Blinding sunlight was a contributory cause to death in 2,369 cases last year, which is down from 4,000 in 2014.
Halfords also recommends using the sun visor in the car, even if the sun is not directly in your eyes; getting tinted windows to reflect the sun’s rays away from the interior of the car; and pulling over in a safe spot if vision is severely limited.
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