Motorists warned to beware of the sun’s glare

12.00 | 16 July 2013 | | 1 comment

Mayo County Council’s road safety team is offering tips to motorists to help them combat the dangers of driving into the sun.

The team says that “countless collisions have occurred due to blind spots created by the sun’s glare and the distance perception problems that are created”.

Noel Gibbons, Mayo’s road safety officer, 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 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.”

Other tips from the team include investing in polarized sunglasses to help reduce glare and driving with headlights on to increase visibility to other drivers.

For more information contact Noel Gibbons on 0877870055.


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    It’s not just windscreens, it’s side windows as well which should be opened so as to improve visibility sideways at junctions. the sunscreen can be turned 45 deg to aid sunlight avoidance.

    I have also found that some sun reflection takes place on top of the console/dashboard caused by the sun shining on the plastics and reflecting up onto the windscreen. About 30% of sunlight glare is caused by this. This can be countered by placing a black cloth, preferably cotton (non reflective) on top of the console/dashboard. Better than wearing polarised sunglasses is avoidance of sunlight into the eyes at all – a cap with peak helps with that.

    bob Craven Lancs
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