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Far from being just another fashion accessory, sunglasses are a year-round necessity for motorists, says Green Flag Motoring Assistance, and could help drivers avoid an accident this winter.

Green Flag spokesperson Melanie Denny explained: “Rather than just trying to look cool, drivers seen wearing shades in winter are likely to be protecting themselves from the dazzling rays of the winter sun as it rises and sets around peak rush-hour travel times. At these times the sun is too low to be shielded by the sun visor, and its rays may momentarily blind drivers driving directly towards it.

“Early morning frost and snow can make matters even worse as the sun’s rays are reflected off the road surface. Countless accidents are caused by motorists who struggle on despite being unable to see the road ahead properly.”

Green Flag offers this advice as part of its current winter driving campaign, which encourages drivers to adapt their driving skills and prepare their vehicles to cope with the cold winter ahead. Melanie added: “The campaign aims to create a different mindset for motorists, making them more aware of less obvious winter risks. As well as the usual winter accessories like anti-freeze, carrying sunglasses can also reduce accidents.”

Green Flag offers the following advice to help drivers cope with the sun this winter:

· Drivers should always carry a pair of sunglasses in the car. Sunglasses with polarised lenses are a very good idea as they reduce the amount of reflection from wet and shiny roads.

· For drivers who wear glasses, photochromic lenses are particularly recommended as they block the amount of light that passes through to the eye, absorb UV rays and automatically darken in the sun.

· You should slow down or stop if you find that the sun is hindering your vision, even if you are familiar with the road.

· Keeping your windscreen clear and smear-free can also help reduce the affects of winter glare.

More advice on safer winter motoring can be found in the new on-line winter drivetime magazine at


Notes to editors

Drivers should be aware that sunglasses should only be worn when needed and The Highway Code states that at night, or in poor visibility, motorists should not wear tinted glasses.

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For further information contact Nigel Charlesworth or Melanie Denny at Green Flag on 0113 399 1427/1387 (out of hours 07711 964 615)

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