Thursday 28th October 2010
Be Wiser Insurance

Nearly three quarters (72%) of UK motorists feel bright lights and the low position of the sun are the most dangerous aspects of Autumn driving, according to a recent poll by Be Wiser Insurance.

 
Nearly two thirds (60%) find being dazzled by the sun as the biggest problem, while 12% find road users with excessively bright lights or high beams more dangerous.
 
Mark Bower-Dyke, chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
 
"Autumn driving sees a daily change in the light and conditions as we move closer to winter. It is understandable that everyone judges the conditions differently."
 
Sixteen per cent (16%) indentified drivers without any lights on at all as the most dangerous aspect of Autumn driving.
 
There are ways to deal with the various visibility problems in presented by Autumn driving.
 
Mark Bower-Dyke offers this advice:
 
"The "Autumn Dazzle" can be combated by assuring you have a smear-free windscreen - a dirty windscreen often makes it impossible to see in bright light. Head-lights should be on, but dipped, and fog lights should definitely not be used except in appropriate conditions."
 
If you're considering wearing sunglasses to avoid being dazzled aim for a filter category range of 0-3, higher categories will be too dark for driving.  
 
Only twelve per cent (12%) found the wetter, colder road conditions a problem
 
Mark Bower Dyke concludes:
 
"Autumn driving can be a shock to some road users, so making sure you assess the changing road conditions each time you leave the house is important."

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