Low sun at this time of year, especially before the clocks go forwards, often dazzles us.
This can surprise you unless you are aware of the likely weather conditions and your direction of travel, causing temporary blindness.
This can occur on any type of road when…
- Driving towards a rising sun (the east)
- Driving towards the setting sun (the west)
- Driving over the brow of the hill into the sunshine
- Driving on wet roads and the sun comes out – creating a ‘mirror effect’
Before you set off on a journey, here’s how to prepare for this temporary blindness whilst driving in low and variable sunlight conditions…
- Make sure your windscreen is clean and smear free reducing the glare
- Check your wiper blades are clean, by wiping with a soft, dry cloth, to help prevent smearing
- Have your sunglasses to hand so you can put them on
Then, whilst you’re driving…
- Slow down!
- Increase your four second gap (HGV’s), two second gap (Vans and cars) by two seconds
All the above precautions reduce the risk of having a collision if you should become temporarily blinded by the sun’s rays.
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