Drivers furious over sunglasses rule that could see them hit with hefty £5,000 fine

Driving is an important and crucial skill for many people, though it takes time to master. It is suggested learners go through around 40-50 lessons on average before being in a good position to pass their test.

When you are behind the wheel, it is vital you are concentrated and focussed on the task at hand, because car crashes are, unfortunately, all too common and one slip up could have tragic consequences.

Given this, most drivers want to make sure they take precautions to make sure they keep themselves and others safe while they are on the road, Wales Online reports.

Everyone should make sure their seat is in the correct position so they can control their vehicle, with some people opting for booster seats to give themselves the best view of the road. Others use driving gloves for better grip on the wheel.

One of the external factors that can impact a person's ability to drive is the weather. When driving in the rain, motorists should drive a bit slower and leave longer gaps to the vehicles in front, as it can take almost twice as long to come to a stop on wet roads.

On the other end of the scale, when it is sunny - a rarity in Scotland, we know - drivers want to keep their sun out of their eyes so they can fully focus on the roads.

Many drivers wear sunglasses on the road - but they could be hit with a huge fine (STOCK IMAGE)
Many drivers wear sunglasses on the road - but they could be hit with a huge fine (STOCK IMAGE) -Credit:Getty Images/EyeEm

The majority of cars have a sun visor that can be flipped down at the top of the windscreen to give some coverage from the glare. Sometimes, however, that isn't enough and motorists opt for a pair of sunglasses.

While this seems like a normal thing to do for many drivers, research from car and vehicle financing company CarMoney revealed sunglasses were one of seven common items of clothing or accessories that could see motorists hit with a whopping £5,000 fine for wearing.

Others on the list included long skirts or dresses and flip flops or sliders. The reasoning behind the inclusion of sunglasses is they can be too dark to drive with and they may block your peripheral vision, unlike the sun visor.

But drivers appeared outraged they could be charged thousands of pounds for wearing sunglasses, which many believed to help rather than hinder their driving.

One person said: "Absolutely ridiculous… if I can’t wear my sunglasses I’d be as blind as a bat driving & could guarantee I run the risk of an accident. My eyes are really sensitive to bright light."

Another said: "That makes no sense. It is safer to wear sunglasses if the sunlight is blindingly strong." A third added: "What's wrong with sunglasses!? It's many times worse without them!"

Speaking about the potential ineffectiveness of the sun visor, someone else said: "So I'm 4ft 10in and the visor doesn't cover my eyes so I'm allowed to drive being blinded by the sun rather than wear sunglasses?"

While another person revealed they had an accident because they didn't wear sunglasses. They said: "I MUST wear sunglasses when driving or I sneeze constantly. I once forgot them on a bright day, and ran into the back of a stationary car, blinded by the sun's glare."

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