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UK Heatwave: Doing This One Thing Could Cost Drivers £5,000

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As the UK temperature rises for the summer season, drivers are facing different weather-related road challenges that could pose new risks for themselves and their vehicles.

To make things easier for drivers, Lucy Sherliker, head of customer at Zuto Car Finance has shared tips for avoiding hefty fines this season and having safer, sunny travels:

Stay cool or pay

“Rule 237 of the Highway Code says that you must keep your vehicle well-ventilated to avoid drowsiness.

“To ensure that you avoid any drowsiness or light-headedness while on the roads this week, make sure the AC is on at a comfortable level or keep a window down to make sure you stay cool!”

Avoid a sole offence

“Under Rule 97 of the Highway Code, drivers are advised that they must have ‘footwear and clothing that does not prevent them from using the controls in the correct manner’. Therefore, if you’re wearing flip-flops, or any other unsecured footwear that could affect the way you drive you could be deemed to be breaking the law and receive a fine of up to £5,000.

“The best way to get around this problem is to keep an extra pair of old trainers or flat shoes in your car to put on while you’re driving!”

How to drive in high sunshine

“Invest in a pair of sunglasses. If you usually use glasses to drive, try out some prescription sunglasses so that your vision is not impacted and your eyes are still protected from the UV rays.

“Leave a greater distance between you and the car in front of you; bright light reduces your reaction time so leaving that little more extra room will make sure you’re covered.”

Lucy concludes: “Although many people are unaware of these Highway Code Rules, it’s important to know the laws of the road, not only to avoid being financially penalised, but to also keep everyone safe while driving.”

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