June 20th marked the official start of summer, so as we start the season, it’s important to consider the conditions when driving. The blinding effects of the sun can be just as dangerous as rain, wind and even ice, causing a real problem for drivers.
There are a few tips and tricks to be mindful of when out driving; these will help to improve visibility and stop you from driving blind.
Keep your windscreen clean
Before starting a journey, it’s wise to check your windscreen is clear from any dirt and debris. This is a key factor in making visibility worse, and the glare from the sun can catch the dirt, making it difficult to see. Regularly cleaning your windscreen can make life much easier, especially when you are in a rush and may not have time to wash it first. Check the inside and outside of the glass are also clean.
Sun visors in a vehicle can be really helpful in the summer months, especially when the sun is low. However, it is sometimes necessary to take extra precautions when driving. Wearing sunglasses is a good idea when the sun is particularly low; helping to lessen the effect of the glare. Keep a spare pair in the car, they’ll come in handy, we promise!
Be wary of other road users
Like you, other road users will be struggling in the sun too; be careful when driving and consider their actions too.
Driving in summer is a great experience, it’s nice to take in your surroundings, and enjoy the sun and air coming in through the windows. But, please remember to drive safely and take the necessary precautions mentioned above, as it can be much more dangerous than you might think.