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IAM: Be careful of sun dazzle behind the wheel

IAM: Be careful of sun dazzle behind the wheel

Motorists should be careful of the hazards posed by the sun when driving, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has stated.

According to government figures, the sun caused 2,684 crashes resulting in injury last year - more than bad weather and headlamp dazzle put together.

Despite this, however, headlamp dazzle was also shown to be a more of a risk to drivers than using a mobile phone while at the wheel.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said there are simple steps motorists can take to avoid accidents caused by the sun.

"If you can't see, slow down accordingly, keeping an eye on the traffic behind in case the following vehicle doesn't see you against the sun," he commented.

Mr Greig also recommended keeping the windscreen clean at all times and dipping the headlights whenever another vehicle is approaching.

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