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Drivers could be fined £2,500 for wearing everyday item while driving

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Did you know that you could be fined a whopping £2,500 simply for wearing sunglasses whilst driving?

This summer, when the sun is shining, it’s a good idea to check the kind of sunglasses you wear before you set off for a drive – or else you could be slammed with of nine points on your driving licence as well as a fine.

According to the AA, sunglasses are produced in different levels of shades, and if a driver is caught wearing sunglasses which are too dark then they’re in trouble, especially if they’re struggling to see clearly whilst wearing them or have impaired vision.

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Choosing the right sunglasses for driving is essential to avoid a fine, the AA says (stock photo)

However, people could also be fined if they are not wearing sunglasses whilst driving.

If someone happens to be driving in the midst of strong sunlight, which puts drivers in the risk of being dazzled by bright light, this could lead to a fine as it means that they were not taking proper precautions.

This is an issue which is raised clearly by the Highway Code. Drivers are also warned that they must immediately stop driving and park up if they are ‘dazzled by bright sunlight’.

Ultimately, if drivers fail to do this and take their eyes off the road due to bright light, they could be hit with a fine and a penalty.

The question remains, how can we avoid these two confusing situations?

The AA website states: “Sunglasses sold for general use can be too dark for driving in. Plus, fashion frames could obscure your peripheral vision if they aren’t the right style, so it’s best to choose your shades carefully.”

The AA recommends choosing one of two types of sunglasses – fixed or variable.

Fixed sunglasses are usually at the same level of tint regardless of the amount of light, meaning as long as drivers are avoiding wearing glasses which are too dark, then they should be safe.

Variable lenses react to the light that is coming in, changing the density of their tint when exposed to certain kinds of light.

The AA advises getting a pair that reacts to visible rather than UV light, as windscreens filter out UV. This means that the sunglasses will become dark, according to how bright the sunlight is.

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In the UK it is a legal obligation to have sunglasses label their filter level in order to find out if they are safe to drive in. If a filter has a relatively high number, then it means that they are less safe to use whilst driving.

The AA states: “Due to the light levels within the car, filter category 2 lenses which transmit between 18% and 43% of light are recommended for daytime driving.

“Filter category 4 lenses only transmit between 3% and 8% of light and are not suitable for driving at any time.”

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