Motorists are being advised to be extra careful on the roads during the morning hours and evening time as the ‘glare’ from the low winter sun on icy and damp roads could cause drivers to be temporarily dazzled or blinded.
The appeal comes as the recent wintry spell has made driving conditions hazardous throughout the day with bouts of frost still lying in the roads in high areas, the extra bright rays from the low sun reportedly makes conditions worse as motorists vision is seriously impaired.
A spokesperson for the RSA has said “Because, at this time of the year, the sun sits so low in the sky, late in the morning and early evening, corresponding with the main commuting times, the sun visor on the car isn’t really much help at all. If a driver is driving straight into such a sun he or she can be completely dazzled by the sheer intensity and brightness of its rays. The situation is made worse if the windscreen is dirty or greasy or if it’s been raining, or the ground is covered with snow. In this situation the glare reflects off the wet or snow covered road to further dazzle the driver.”
Motorists are being advised to keep their windscreen clean inside and out, and to check their windshield washer fluid and that their wipers are not worn away or damaged. Drivers are also advised to buy a pair of polarised sun glasses, and keep them in the car.