As the nights draw in and we settle further into autumn, car accidents due to low sun increase three-fold at this time of year. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to protect yourself from low sun dazzle, one of the most important measures being keeping your windscreen clear.
Your heater is often on de-mist, blowing traffic fumes, suspended oil and smoke into the inside of the screen, which quickly builds to a film of grime which is a major cause of glare. Wet roads also mean more dirt on the other side of the screen, and low sun highlights scratches and grime making it even more of a problem.
The best solution is to clean your screen inside and out at least once a week.
What else can you do?
- Ensure that you keep your windscreen clean inside and out.
- If driving into the sun be aware that drivers behind may be dazzled and may not see you if you stop.
- If the sun is low behind you, be aware that oncoming drivers may be dazzled.
- Even though summer is over, keep those sunglasses out!
- Get any cracks in your windscreen seen to – these can enhance the effect of dazzle.
- Make it a habit to lower visors, to help block some of the reflected light.
- Avoid using high-gloss vinyl cleansers on dashboards.
- When possible, take an alternative route lined with trees or tall buildings.