You could be fined £2,500 if you drive without sunglasses - and they have to be a certain type

Britain is finally enjoying some warm weather, but it can make the roads very dangerous.

While most of us are loving the warm weather, the bright sunshine can make driving extremely difficult.

Having the sun in your eyes and the bright glare off car bonnets can sometimes make it impossible to see the road ahead clearly - writes mirror.co.uk

So it's very important to always have a pair of sunglasses on hand, just in case those lovely warm rays catch you out.

Drivers who get behind the wheel without sunnies on a bright day could actually face a £2,500 fine.

Legally, you don't have to wear sunglasses to drive but if the glare affects your ability to see the road you could be charged with careless driving.

This could result in points on your licence and a hefty fine.

The on the spot fine is £100, but if you're charged and sentenced in court it would be a lot higher.

The Highway Code advises stopping if bright lights are affecting your vision.

In the weather section of the Highway Code, rule 237 states: "If you are dazzled by bright sunlight, slow down and if necessary, stop."

And according to the AA you can't just throw on any old sunnies.

Some types of sunglasses, know as variable tint lenses, change based on how sunny it is.

But these are no good when it comes to driving as car windscreens filter out UV light so they can't adapt properly.

On the other end of the scale, many glasses are actually too tinted for driving as they make it too dark.

So it's always worth checking when you buy a new pair whether they are suitable for driving.

The AA recommends always keeping a pair of sunglasses in the car, just in case we're ever treated to a few surprise rays.

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