THIS sneaky rule could catch motorists as temperatures soar this weekend.
If you forget that one accessory you could end up in hot water driving in hot weather – you could be slapped with a £1,000 fine or three points on your driving licence.
Motor experts warned drivers to wear sunglasses as the May heatwave brings sizzling heat across the UK.
Bright sunlight can cause intense glare on a car’s windshield, which can distort a driver’s view of the road.
You could quickly lose control of your vehicle or your visibility of the road and traffic ahead if you are dazzled by bright sun or bright reflections.
With sunglasses, motorists can take the sunny weather into their own hands.
Andy Alderson, CEO and founder of car leasing company Vanarama, told Express: “With the heatwave in the UK many people will be planning to head out to visit summer attractions.
“However, if drivers do not prepare themselves for driving in bright sunlight, they can endanger themselves and other road users.
“To avoid being blinded by the sun while driving, drivers should check their windshield is clean before driving, wear polarized sunglasses, and maintain a safe distance from other drivers if the sun is distorting their vision.”
There are a number of driving pitfalls that drivers need to be aware of when temperatures rise.
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In hot weather, road surfaces can change, affecting ‘steering and braking’, requiring drivers to be aware of potential hazards.
Rule 237 of the Highway Code states: “Keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness.
“Be aware that the road surface can become soft or when it rains after a dry spell it can become slippery.
“These conditions could affect your steering and braking.
“If you’re blinded by bright sunlight, slow down and stop if necessary.”
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Older passengers or younger children are also at risk of heat stroke in a hot, stuffy car, so air conditioning or open windows are vital.
Keeping a dog in a parked car during the summer months can also be dangerous or even deadly.
There are a few steps you can take if you spot a dog in a locked car in really warm weather.
Less dangerous, but just as devastating, there’s another mistake riders fall for in the heat.
Locksmith Elizabeth Johns warned against leaving your car unlocked while washing.
Thieves can easily take advantage of the moment you peek in to escape in your sparkling clean car.