Car insurance holders warned of dangers of glare from the sun

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Motor insurance policyholders have been warned that the glare from the sun creates more dangerous driving conditions than motoring at night or in bad weather.

In 2009, 2,684 injury crashes were caused by drivers being dazzled by the sun, according to government data reported by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

The IAM is warning car insurance holders that when the clocks go back this Sunday October 31st, they will have to contend with the low winter sun in both morning and evening rush hours.

Neil Greig, IAM's 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."

He advised people to keep their windscreen clean inside and out as, if they are dirty, it "can 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," Mr Greig added.

Tomorrow (October 28th), MPs will meet to discuss whether British Summer Time should be kept in place all-year-round, instead of changing the clocks back to Greenwich Mean Time in winter.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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