Driving in the sun today could lead to a dangerous driving charge and £5,000 fine

Driving in the sun today could lead to a dangerous driving charge and £5,000 fine

Warm weather can change how well a car operates and affect how roads feel to motorists which could lead to dramatic consequences. Failing to adapt to weather conditions could see motorists issued fines for dangerous or distracted driving for simple mistakes. 

Rule 237 of the Highway Code says road users just keep their car ventilated before warning that road surfaces could become slippery in the heat. 

The Highway Code says: “Keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness. 

“Be aware that the road surface may become soft or if it rains after a dry spell it may become slippery

“These conditions could affect your steering and braking. If you are dazzled by bright sunlight, slow down and if necessary, stop.”

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In severe cases, motorists may face a court appearance where punishments can rise to a £2,500 fine and up to nine penalty points. 

The Highway Code states a sudden change in road conditions could result in the surface becoming slippery which would affect steering and braking. 

Select Car Leasing says hot weather can cause the asphalt on the road to become more fluid in texture which could cause the surface to bleed. 

This would deteriorate the friction and skidding resistance on the road surface which could play havoc with vehicles. 

Failing to steer and brake could result in dramatic consequences which will put yourself and other road users at risk. 

Police officers could then issue motorists with a charge for dangerous driving which comes with heavy penalties. 

In extreme cases motorists will be issued with a fine of up to £5,000 and will be hit with nine penalty points on their driving licence. 

Some road users could even face a temporary driving ban in severe cases. 

Motorists should make sure they drink plenty of water on a long journey to ensure they do not become dehydrated. 

Road users should allow extra time in their journey for regular rest breaks and should open the car windows if they begin to feel light headed and drowsy.

Published at Tue, 26 May 2020 07:16:00 +0000