Glare of the Sun Puts UK Drivers at Risk of Fine and Penalty Points, Survey Finds

…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media. A recent survey conducted by car and van leasing company Vanarama has found that the glare of the sun while driving is the biggest factor affecting drivers during spring and summertime in the UK.


Out of 1,000 British drivers surveyed, 37% admitted to having their vision impacted by sun brightness, making it difficult for them to see the road ahead.

Rule 237 of the Highway Code recommends that drivers should slow down and, if necessary, stop if they are dazzled by bright sunlight.

Failure to have full view of the road and traffic ahead could result in a £1,000 fine and three penalty points.

Driving in Bright Sunlight

The survey found that over-55s were most affected by sun brightness while driving, with 42% admitting to having their vision impaired by the sun.

To avoid being dazzled by the sun while driving, motorists should wear polarised sunglasses and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.

Creating space between your car and the vehicle in front of you gives you more time to assess the road situation.


Drivers who feel like they do not have full control of the situation should pull over to a safe place.

Other Spring Problems Affecting Drivers

Vanarama’s survey revealed other factors affecting drivers during spring and summertime.

Almost one in five British drivers (18%) reported that warm weather had affected their driving, making them feel too hot, sweaty, and tired.

Hay fever symptoms, including itchy eyes and sneezing, were reported by 14% of drivers surveyed, which could result in a £1,000 fine and three penalty points.

Sunburn affected 10% of drivers, while 8% reported that taking allergy tablets had made them feel drowsy while driving.

Safety Tips for Driving in Spring and Summer

To avoid being fined for failure to have full view of the road and traffic ahead, it is important to maintain clean windows, stay hydrated and cool, and take precautions against hay fever symptoms.

Drivers who are unsure whether their medication will affect their driving should speak to a medical professional for advice.

It is recommended to always read the label on any medication taken before driving.


Failure to do so could result in a driving ban, unlimited fine, up to six months in prison, and a criminal record.

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Alan Peterson is a talented writer who creates engaging and informative content for TDPel Media. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, Alan has established himself as a respected authority in his field. He is a dedicated professional who is committed to providing readers with accurate and up-to-date news and information. Alan’s ability to distill complex ideas into easily digestible pieces has earned him a loyal following among TDPel Media’s readers. In addition to his writing work, Alan is an avid reader and enjoys exploring new topics to expand his knowledge and expertise. He lives in Scotlant, United Kingdom.

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