Motorists driving in rush-hour are being warned of the dangers of sun glare. When the clocks change at the weekend the sun will move closer to the horizon in the morning and early evening increasing the risk of accidents to those who find themselves dazzled. In 2009, according to figures published by the government, 2,684 accidents were the direct result of drivers becoming temporarily blinded by the sun.
According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, this is about the same number as all the accidents caused by poor weather and headlamp glare combined. The institute’s director of policy and research, Neil Greig, said there was nothing that could be done about the position of the sun or the time at which many people need to travel.
However, a clean windscreen goes a long way towards countering the possible blinding affects or the suns rays. Mr Grieg said putting the de-mister heater onto the windscreen may help to get rid of moisture, but it also covers the inside with a layer of oil and smoke particles. He advised drivers to clean the inside of their windscreens as often as possible.
It is also important to make sure the outside is as dirt free as possible. In wet weather, other vehicles kick up dirt from the road which may cause scratches. He went on to say that any driver who feels they cannot see through their windscreen properly should slow down.
Headlamp dazzle is also a common cause of accidents. Mr Greig said it was important to dip headlights when another vehicle is approaching.