Driving Safely in Low Sun

Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive head of training, Simon Elstow offers advice to drivers on dealing with low sun and dazzle.

  • Always keep a good pair of sunglasses in the car – they really help.
  • If you can't see, do the obvious thing and slow down, keeping an eye on the vehicle behind, in case the following traffic can't see you against the sun.
  • If the sun is behind you, it's in the eyes of drivers coming towards you – be aware they might not see you.
  • Low sun behind can dazzle you through your mirrors so be ready to dip the mirror and check over your shoulder for vehicles in your blind spot.
  • Low sun highlights scratches and grime, so keep your washer bottles topped up with a good quality screenwash and change your windscreen wipers every year.
  • Turn on your headlights before sunset and keep them on for an hour after sunrise so that it's easier for other drivers to see you in twilight.

Elstow said: "Dirty windscreens make it even more difficult for drivers to see in the low sun we get every morning and late afternoon in the winter months. Your heater is often on demist, blowing traffic fumes, suspended oil and smoke onto the inside of the screen which quickly builds to a film of grime which is a major cause of glare. Clean your screen inside and out, with glass cleaner at least once a week."

29 September 2011 Staff
 

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