Motorists are being warned of the danger posed by sun glare as provisional figures indicate drivers temporarily blinded by the sun may have contributed to five fatalities and nine serious injuries in the last two years.
A joint warning has been issued by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and gardaí.
RSA chief executive Moyagh Murdock 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.
“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.”
Chief Supt Aidan Reid from the Garda National Traffic Bureau added: “Reducing your speed is the first and most obvious thing to do. Slowing down on the approach to junctions, corners, and bends is critical. You simply do not know what hazard may be up ahead at these potential risk spots, and one you certainly won’t be anticipating is being blinded by sun glare.
“In particular, watch out for vulnerable road users, namely pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. Ensure your windscreen is clean inside and out. Add windshield washer fluid to the water in the reservoir and check that the wipers are not worn away or damaged. Replace them if they are. Consider wearing a pair of polarised sun glasses. They will help greatly if driving into a sun that’s low on the horizon.”
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