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You Could Receive A Hefty Fine For Driving With Sunglasses On

Tom Wood

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You Could Receive A Hefty Fine For Driving With Sunglasses On

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In case you're setting off to drive somewhere in the fine weather that much of the UK is basking in at the moment, think twice before you pull on those shades and get into the car, because you might be running the risk of a pretty significant fine if you do.

Yep, it's true. £2,500 ($3,400), to be precise.

You can also get three to nine penalty points on your license.

But, it's worth considering that you can also be fined for NOT wearing sunglasses, too.

Let me explain.

You see, if you're wearing sunglasses that are too dark, you might not be able to see that well. If you can't see that well, you obviously can't drive that well, and you're liable for a fine.

However, if you are driving into bright light and are dazzled by sunlight reflecting off snow, or a puddle, or anything at all, you also aren't driving well.

Check before you drive, folks. Credit: Pexels
Check before you drive, folks. Credit: Pexels

So, not only can the wrong pair of sunglasses land you with a maximum £2,500 fine, not wearing them at all can also land you with a fine.

Got it? OK, it's a bit confusing, but that's the rule.

Sunglasses that are sold for general use can be too dark for driving, because they must allow you to be able to see important stuff like the car in front, or the road ahead.

With that in mind, the AA recommends choosing one of two types of sunglasses - fixed or variable.

Variable lenses react to the light that is coming in and chance the density of their tint accordingly. However, the AA advises getting glasses that react to visible rather than UV light, as windscreens filter out UV.

Fixed lenses remain at the same level of tint regardless, which is fine, so long as they're not too tinted.

Most fixed sunglasses are category two, which filters between 18 and 43 percent of the light coming in, which makes them suitable for driving.

Driving on your phone is definitely out of the question. Credit: Pexels
Driving on your phone is definitely out of the question. Credit: Pexels

However, any darker than that and you could be in trouble.

Here in the UK, sunglasses must be labelled with their filter level and whether they are safe to drive in, so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding out.

Go up a couple of categories on the light-filtering scale and you could be in bother.

The AA state: "Filter category four lenses only transmit between 3-8% of light and are not suitable for driving at any time."

So, remember before you get into the car for that summery drive, you need to make sure you've got the right gear, because it could end up setting you back if you don't.

Topics: UK News, Summer, Interesting, Weird, Cars

Tom Wood
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