DRIVERS have been warned that getting behind the wheel in light or dark conditions could cost them an unlimited fine.
Many drivers think wearing sunglasses makes them safer to drive, but they could actually be breaking the law.
experts at your red car say drivers need to consider the tint of their sunglasses before getting behind the wheel.
The Highway Code stipulates that motorists must: “Slow down and stop if necessary if they are blinded by sunlight.”
“Do not use tinted glasses, lenses or visors if they limit your vision at night or in poor visibility.”
Failure to comply with these rules can result in an arbitrary disqualification from driving, an unlimited fine and three to nine points on your driver’s license – and it falls under careless and reckless driving. The Liverpool Echo reports.
Join Mistry, a professional optometrist Vision Directtold the Liverpool Echo: “You have to consider the type of tint on your sunglasses, which can be fixed or variable.”
“Fixed shades do not change when exposed to UV light, but the opposite is true for variable shades.”
“The sunglass tint darkens when UV exposure is high, but returns to its original state when this level drops.
“Car windshields filter UV light, which can cause the tint on your sunglasses to be too dark or too light. So choose a solid tint when driving.”
“Choose brown or gray tints for your sunglasses. This ensures your color perception is not distorted while protecting your eyes from potentially harmful UV rays and annoying glare.”
All sunglasses should by law have a filter category number and the CE mark, which means they meet the requirements European Standard BS EN 1836: 2005 into law by January 2025.
The CE mark indicates full protection against UVA and UVB rays.
According to experts, when driving during the day, drivers should wear glasses with a tint that has no more than 85% light absorption.
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