DRIVERS are warned they could face a fine of up to £5,000 if they drive without sunglasses.
In the warmer months, glare from bright sunlight can lead to loss of concentration and hefty fines.
With a heatwave on the horizon this weekend, it’s worth taking advice.
The Highway Code states that drivers should “slow down and stop if necessary” if they are being blinded by bright sunlight.
If a motorist chooses not to wear sunglasses and violates the Highway Code by not stopping when blinded by sunlight, police could charge them with negligent driving.
Driving without due care and attention will result in an on the spot fine of £100.
You could also be penalized with up to three penalty points on your driver’s license.
If you choose to challenge the charges in court and are convicted, you face an unlimited fine, up to nine penalty points, and even a court-ordered driving ban.
However, for the majority of motorists, the fine will not exceed £5,000.
There is also a penalty for wearing sunglasses that are too dark as they could also affect your vision.
According to the AA, it is illegal to wear the most tinted sunglasses while driving.
The AA said you should “be aware that your everyday sunglasses may not be suitable for driving”.
It’s also a good idea to have a spare pair of sunglasses in your car so you never run out.
Driving in a heat wave isn’t just about the risk of blinding sunlight.
In hot weather, you should also ventilate your vehicle well to avoid drowsiness.
You should also be aware that the road surface can become soft or if the dry spell is followed by rain it can become slippery.