There were 2,700 vehicles in reported accidents in 2018 when dazzling sun was a contributory factor, making it the largest cause of accidents when vision is affected
Sun is lower in the sky throughout autumn and winter with even more potential to blind drivers advises TrackDays.co.uk
Advice to keep safe includes keeping windscreens clean and replacing faulty wiper blades.
With the sun now increasingly lower in the sky throughout autumn and winter, leading driving experience provider
www.trackdays.co.uk, whose packages include improving driver performance, is warning drivers of the dangers of being blinded by sunlight when driving in early morning or late afternoon and evening rush hour traffic.
However, a few simple precautions can help drivers stay safe on the road, particularly when blinded by sunlight. These include keeping the windscreen clean, replacing any faulty windscreen wiper blades and making sure the windscreen wash is regularly topped up.
Indeed, the accident figures from the latest Department for Transport in its Reported Road Casualties Great Britain Annual Report highlight that there were 2,700 vehicles in reported accidents when dazzling sun was a contributory factor affecting vision.
This is even more than when vision was affected by stationary or parked vehicles, dazzling headlights, spray from other vehicles, or rain, sleet, snow or fog.
Meanwhile, other contributory factors affecting visibility included windscreens or visors that were dirty, scratched or frosted, the road layout, such as a bend or hill crest, and vehicle blind spots.
For more information about TrackDays.co.uk, which provides driving experiences across the UK, many aimed at improving driver performance, visit www.trackdays.co.uk