Drivers warned of £2,500 fine for making common summer mistake behind the wheel

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One sunglasses mistake could cost drivers thousands of pounds in fines -Credit:Getty Images/EyeEm

Drivers across Scotland have been warned that a common mistake - often made when it's warm and sunny outside - could potentially result in a fine of thousands of pounds.

Temperatures are set to be 'hotter than Ibiza' at 23C this weekend, the Met Office has advised. And these sunnier conditions may mean that you need to wear sunglasses whilst driving in order to see more clearly.

However, one simple error could see motorists fined and hit with penalty points if they get caught, and could even end up behind bars if an accident is caused.

The experts from the Compare the Market car insurance team have put together a list of potential driving penalties caused by impaired vision to help people avoid a hefty fine or prosecution.

One of these is wearing sunglasses or tinted lenses behind the wheel outside of daylight hours - a mistake that could cost you up to £2,500 and three penalty points if you're caught making it, according to Highway Code rule 97.

The experts said: "Drivers need to be mindful of items of clothing, including sunglasses, to operate the car safely. Wearing sunglasses outside of daylight hours can limit the view of the road, leading to fines ranging from £1,000 to £2,500 and possible driving disqualification."

This penalty is made even worse if you get into an accident due to having poor vision. The experts continued: "Road users are warned to keep prescriptions and eye health up to date to avoid potential prison time for dangerous driving. Neglecting eye health or prescriptions could lead to up to two years in prison if road users are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident."

Julie Daniels from the car insurance team at Compare the Market, has issued a word of advice for motorists who want to remain safe behind the wheel this summer.

She said: "For drivers, maintaining good eyesight is an essential part of following the Highway Code and ensuring safety on the road. The recommended frequency for eye tests is once every two years, though more might be necessary if advised by a medical professional.

"Keep clear vision by wearing your glasses or contacts if needed while driving and consider keeping a spare pair of these in your car for emergencies. Maintaining your vision is the key when taking to the roads as this is an essential tool for the safety of you and other road users.”

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