Drivers risk £5k fines for wearing shades behind the wheel during UK heatwave

The weather in the UK is roasting.

With scorching highs of 43 degrees set to hit this month, it's no surprise that everyone's out and about.

And one thing you won't want to forget on a hot summer's day is a pair of sunglasses during this heatwave.

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Motoring experts say that while shades are an essential for eye protection, some styles can restrict vision while driving.

For example, some lenses might be too tinted and restrict daylight vision on the road.

Additionally, bulky frames could cause a blind spot so drivers must test them out before they wear them behind the wheel.

Drivers found to be wearing inappropriate clothing which restrict manoeuvring can face fines of £100 plus three penalty points.

But these costs can increase to £5,000 plus nine penalty points and even a driving ban if the case is taken to court.

Rule 97 of the Highway Code says what you wear while you're driving must not impact the use of controls.

Unfortunately for motorists, in some instances, they could also be fined for not wearing sunglasses.

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Andrew Jervis, from ClickMechanic, said: "Many will welcome a few days of sun, but it could spell disaster for unprepared motorists.

"We all have a responsibility to drive with care and attention, and we need to be on alert for anything that can affect our ability.

"Sun glare is often tricky to drive with as it can affect how we perceive the road conditions.

"It can be worse when the roads are wet after a rainy spell, with sunlight reflecting off puddles and into our eyes."

Here is a list of clothes and accessories you must be wary of wearing behind the wheel:

Long skirt or dress

When it comes to wearing this while driving you could be faced with a fine and even penalty points on your licence.

The material could get caught underneath the pedals or restrict your use of them, which is obviously far from ideal.

Very baggy jeans

If your jeans are too baggy they are likely to be unfit for driving in, meaning you could be penalised.

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Flip flops

Thousands of motorists get behind the wheel every year in their flip-flops and sliders when the sun hits, but that's not always safe.

Shoes with a thin sole, with less than 10mm in thickness, are classed as unsafe to drive in.

High heels

Your footwear should not limit your ankle movement.

According to the RAC, 40% of women admitted to driving in high heels.


If your slippers are open-backed, they could slip out when using the pedals so you must be careful.

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