Tips on how to better cope with low sun and the effects of dazzle.
Cars might have sun visors but the chances are low sun will affect your visibility and this has big safety implications for you and other road users. But there are some things you can do to help you in dealing with sun dazzle.
Peter Rodger from the Institute of Advanced Motorists shared these tips with us on how you can best deal with sun dazzle and a low sun in the sky.
Tips for dealing with Sun Dazzle:
- You will often see dirt and grime highlighted on your windscreen in low sun, so it’s important that you clean your windows. Use a microfibre cloth to wipe down the inside and make sure your washer bottle is filled with a good quality screen washer liquid.
- A sun visor will not necessarily stop low sun from beaming into your windscreen. Keep a pair of sunglasses in your glove box so you can get to them easily.
- With the night’s drawing in, ensure you switch on your headlights before sunset and keep them on for an hour after sunrise so there is no possibility of other road users not seeing you.
- Always drive at a steady speed, and if low sun is obstructing what you see ahead slow down – this is particularly important at sharp bends where it’s important to have a clear view of the approaching hazard.
- When road surfaces are wet, the dazzle from the sun is increased by the reflection of the sun. Take care when driving on wet road surfaces and ease off the accelerator if necessary.
- Look out for vulnerable road users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, mobility scooter and electric wheelchair users – they are all difficult to spot in low sun conditions. Always take extra precautions at known hazard spots like schools, junctions and crossings.
- If you’re affected by low sun, the chances are other drivers are too. Pay attention to vehicles around you and anticipate any sudden manoeuvres. As a rule of thumb you should increase the stopping distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
- Looking directly at low and sharp rays can affect your vision. If this happens to you, take a break from driving by stopping safely and legally.
We hope that helps.