Driving Safely in Strong Sunshine

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Under the current stay at home rules, we should continue only traveling when necessary. Now spring has sprung, we can all expect fairer weather and more sunny days. This means many of us will be making our essential journeys in strong sunlight.

But isn’t sunshine harmless? How can it present a danger to road users?

For answers to these questions and more, check out our top tips below. Here are some handy tips to stay safe on the roads in low, strong sunshine:

  1. Keep your windscreen clean – your windscreen is your window to see the road ahead. In strong sunlight any salt deposits, dirt and grime can make it impossible to see through. If yours is covered in watermarks and fingerprints, you might miss something important. So, grab some window cleaner and make sure yours is in ship shape.
  2. Wear sunglasses when driving – glare can make any situation when driving more dangerous. By investing in sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection, you can help to keep glare to a minimum. Plus, shielding your eyes from sunlight is healthier for your eyes!
  3. Slow down and increase your distances – even with a clean windscreen and sunglasses, sunlight can dazzle drivers and make you react to the road more slowly. By slowing down and giving yourself more time to react, you can protect yourself and other road users.
  4. Take extra care at junctions – sunshine might make you miss motorbikes, cyclists or pedestrians, particularly if they are in shadow. Taking the time to double-check at junctions can help you avoid a nasty accident.
  5. Use your visor – using your visor can remove the worst of the glare and allow you to concentrate on road hazards with both hands on the wheel, not shielding your eyes.
  6. Always wear a seatbelt – as always, make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seatbelt at all times. This can mean the different between life and death.

If you need to make an essential journey, follow Lancashire Fire and Rescue’s tips to increase your safety on the road. For more information about how you can protect yourself and others further, visit the Department of Transport’s THINK! website today.