8 Tips to keep safe on the roads

By admin
24 June 2014

Moms often jokingly refer to themselves as taxi drivers it’s extremely important they we do everything we can to ensure the safety of our children while travelling. Hundreds of road accidents are caused by the glare of the sun blinding drivers every year. Here are 8 great tips to managing this safety hazard.

Moms often jokingly refer to themselves as taxi drivers it’s extremely important they we do everything we can to ensure the safety of our children while travelling. According to a recent report by the AA, hundreds of road accidents are caused by the glare of the sun blinding drivers every year. Here are 8 great tips to managing this safety hazard.

  1. Keep your windscreen clean – inside and outside. Avoid using a vinyl-based cleaner on your dashboard, which can turn the surface into a mirror. Dust particles and other foreign objects on your windscreen can reflect and distort light too.
  2. Don’t buy a car with a light-coloured dashboard. Coupled with the slope of the windshield, a light-coloured dashboard can be extremely reflective.
  3. Be extra vigilant early morning or late afternoon. Many sun glare accidents happen in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is on the horizon and little protection is offered by a car’s sun visor. If possible, try to plan your travel so that you’re not travelling in a glare. The closer the sun is to the horizon, the worse the glare will be.
  4. Be sensible enough to slow down immediately when the sun is blinding you. It may be tempting to carry on regardless until the glare passes, but rather don’t.
  5. If you’re driving at sunset, anticipate the effects of glare on you and other drivers.
  6. Never overtake into low sunlight when the road ahead is obscured as this risks disaster.
  7. It’s essential to wear a good pair of sunglasses that are dark enough to cut the glare. We specifically recommend polarised sunglasses.
  8. The easiest way to counteract the glare is by never forgetting your sunnies! Keep a spare pair in your glove compartment in case you do.

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