Drivers face a £ 1,000 fine for a common mistake after watches have been turned back

drivers could face £ 1,000 fines for frequent mistakes made in the darker, winter months.

With the clocks changing, the sun has already started to set before the time when many people start their shuttle home, causing some problems for drivers.


Driving in a low setting sun can cause some concern for drivers, and can result in a £ 1,000 fine if drivers do not control their cars.Credit: Alamy

A low setting sun can cause a strong glare across the windshield of a car, which could create deadly conditions for the driver and other motorists.

With commuters often eager to return home after a long day, the low setting sun can add further danger to winter roads, meaning travel standards could decline.

Under British law, failure to have proper control of the vehicle or a full view of the road and traffic beforehand could result in a large fine.

Drivers could be left with a £ 1000 fine and 3 points on your license if stopped by police due to dangerous driving.

Automotive experts, Vanarama, warned that commuters need to be more careful if they drive in low sunlight, as simple mistakes could be costly.

Coupled with winter conditions and icy roads, drivers should be even more alert when the sun goes down.

Andy Alderson, CEO, and Founder of Vanarama advises “With the clocks coming back, British drivers will be faced with low sunlight at peak road times.

“If drivers are not prepared to drive in low sunlight, they could endanger themselves and other road users.”

Andy suggests drivers should be careful about the road, keeping greater distances between themselves and the front cars, or even tinting your car windows.

He said: “To avoid being blinded by the low sun while driving, motorists should check that their windshield is clean before driving, wear polarized sunglasses and keep a safe distance from other drivers when the sun distorts their view.”

Best safety tips for driving in low sunlight:

1. Take extra track in wet conditions

The low setting sun can not only blind drivers, but wet roads can also reflect light, making it more distracting for drivers and difficult to see. Driving more slowly and keeping a distance between the car beforehand will ensure that you return home safely.

2. Keep your windshield clean

Dirty windshield can be hard to see out of, and coupled with the glare of a low setting sun, it could prove even harder. Regularly cleaning the inside and outside of your window can help you avoid a large fine.

3. Keep your screen wash full

Keeping your laundry liquid filled can help you keep your window clean and free of obstructions. Be sure to check it regularly and keep some backup in your vehicle.

4. Leave extra space between you and the car in front

With road visibility already low, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time and space to assess and react to the situation on the road. Keeping a distance between you and the other cars around you gives you the best chance of avoiding an accident.

5. Use your sunscreen

A visor can be incredibly useful for blocking the blinding sun from most angles, though drivers need to be careful, as the visor can also reduce your visibility from the road.

6. Use polarized sunglasses

Using polarized sunglasses can help you where a visor is not able to block the low setting sun, and can also reduce brightness of wet roads. Polarized lenses block horizontal light, and are the best at combating sunlight.

7. Consider getting tinted windows

Not only do tinted windows combat low sunlight, they also help with sunlight in summer and help keep your car cooler. Windows cost around £ 350, so it’s a bit more expensive but significantly safer to protect yourself from the winter sun.

Alongside icy winter roads, drivers should take extra caution during their shuttles to avoid the £ 1,000 fine.


Alongside icy winter roads, drivers should take extra caution during their shuttles to avoid the £ 1,000 fine.Credit: Getty

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