The IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) has issued a warning about the possible dangers motorists face from the glare of the low sun.
Following the clock change this coming weekend, more drivers will have to contend with the dazzle of the low sun in the morning and evening.
The IAM points to government figures showing that glare from the sun was the cause of 2,684 injury crashes in 2009 – as many as headlight dazzle and bad weather combined.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, 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 demist, your heater blows traffic fumes, suspended oil and smoke onto 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.”
For more information contact the IAM on 020 8996 9777.