Sun's glare 'dangerous for drivers'

The sun's glare could be more dangerous for motorists than bad weather and low visibility at night, a road safety charity has said.

Citing Government data, theInstitute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) pointed out that glare from the sun accounted for 2,684 injury crashes last year, equalling the total number of crashes as a result of headlamp dazzle and unfavourable weather conditions put together.

IAM warned that following the clock change, drivers will have to be more careful with the glare from the sun hanging low in the sky during mornings and evenings. Road users will also have to make sure theircar insurance is in order before setting out to battle the dazzle.

The charity also asked motorists to be wary of headlamp shine, which leads to more injury crashes that using mobile phones.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research,IAM, said: "We can't change the position of the sun, or the need to travel at certain times, but there are simple steps you can take to ensure you're prepared for these conditions.

"Keep your windscreen clean, both inside and out. On de-mist, your heater blows traffic fumes, suspended oil and smoke on to the inside of the screen, and wet roads add dirt and scratches to the outside.

"Dirty windscreens add to the danger when the sun is low. If you can't see, slow down accordingly, keeping an eye on the traffic behind, in case the following vehicle doesn't see you against the sun."

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