Summer, summer, summertime – some ways to avoid a fine

In the sunny season, drivers still have to navigate journey hazards bought on by Britain’s unpredictable summer weather – Saharan bubble heatwave one day and Monsoon downpours the next

The hazards of dazzling lights

Front image of a car windscreen in the summer light

Summer’s hazy warmth and refreshing breezes can all turn into a nasty glare when having to drive facing bright sunlight. There are some severe consequences if you’re temporarily blinded and cause an accident. Recent figures from the Department for Transport reveal 2,324 collisions are caused each year by drivers distracted by the dazzling sun, including 25 fatal crashes.

While there is no specific law about wearing sunglasses when driving, you can be hit with a careless driving charge if you’re involved in a crash because you can’t see the road correctly. A £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points if the police deem you to be driving without due care and attention. In more severe scenarios, a maximum £5,000 fine, up to nine penalty points and even a driving ban.

You can avoid these scenarios by checking windscreen and mirrors are completely clean and free from smears, before setting off. More importantly, if your windscreen or even bonnet have cracks, scratches or pits, these can scatter sunlight and distort vision. In other words, any marks can cause distractions, especially when driving into the sun; they can significantly affect your reaction time and block essential cues needed to drive safely.

In the first place, the advice for drivers is to slow down. If the sun is affecting your vision, it’s vital to drive slower or even pull over.

Windscreen wiper warning

Windscreen being cleaned with a squidgy

Regularly topping up your windscreen wiper fluid can get rid of bug mess and pollen dust on your windscreen. However, have you looked at the state of your windscreen wipers recently?

If your windscreen wipers don’t work or you do not have enough wiper fluid to keep the windscreen clean effectively, then you could be fined.

If your car’s windscreen wipers are found not to meet the required standard, then you could be penalised with an on-the-spot fine of £100 which could rise to £1,000 if your case goes to court.

Car insurers are also unlikely to pay out if they find that the faulty wipers were a contributory factor in a car accident or crash.

Summer vehicle health check

It may seem overwhelming having all these legal obligations to keep your vehicles in working order during the summer months, but you can rely on Fuel Card Services. We make the whole process of vehicle responsibility easier with MyService.Expert.

It is simple to join and free to register your vehicles, plus you get access to a network of garages that offer the best in terms of quality, standards, and customer service.

The benefits of joining MyService.Expert

At the moment, many are offering vehicle summer health check. This service can help ensure that your vehicles remain in the best possible condition. The technicians will be able to replenish oil, coolant and windscreen washer fluid. They will check any windscreen or car body points that need fixing. It also includes an air conditioning refresh, which removes any bacteria and associated unpleasant smells that can develop in the system.

Here is how it works: One of your vehicles is due for a service. MyService.Expert will send you an alert, then provide discounted costs from garages near you. You compare and select. We pay the garage and then invoice you. Easy.

The benefits of joining do not end there: Fuel Card Services’ partnership with these experts means you typically save 30% on work in comparison to going direct to a franchise dealer

There is no joining fee, and no minimum contract to register your vehicles online. Besides, there is no minimum number of cars, vans or HGVs that can you can add.

Simplify your vehicle maintenance by booking work via the online portal. Here you can job authorise and pre-negotiate discount rates that cover servicing, repairs and maintenance. It also includes tyre replacement or repairs

The costings are transparent, based upon thorough working knowledge and up-to-date automotive data. Plus all genuine parts and repairs are protected under warranty.

All costs need your online approval before work begins. Doing this action is smooth, MyService.Expert is accessible anywhere and at any time on a WiFi connected device.

Just like your Fuel Card Services provides visible costings to keeping your business moving with fuel; think of MyService.Expert as your vehicle maintenance expense solution.

Visit MyService.Expert today or call 0844 134 0746

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