You could be fined £5,000 and invalidate your insurance by wearing cheap sunglasses to block out the winter glare

UK DRIVERS may be tempted to dig out their cheap sunglasses when confronted with glare off the road this winter.

But many Brits risk hefty fines and invalidating their insurance by wearing the wrong kind of eye wear.

Recent research from Hippo Motor Finance has revealed some motorists are being denied insurance pay-outs for wearing sunglasses which are too dark, meaning their vision is impaired.

Wearing inappropriate eye wear can put other road users and pedestrians in harm's way, especially if your vision is blurred or compromised in any way.

Under the Highway Code, drivers in poor visibility or at night "should not use tinted glasses, lenses or visors if they restrict your vision".

Large frames or tiny fashion glasses can also be a problem for drivers as they may affect your field of vision and how you react to certain obstacles.

Driving without due care and attention, or careless driving, carries a £100 on-the-spot fine and up to three penalty points on your licence.

But if you were to contest the charge in court , you could face an unlimited fine, up to nine penalty points and even a court-imposed driving ban – although for the majority of motorists, the fine won't exceed £5,000.

Motorist can even be hit with hefty penalties if they choose to wear sunglasses when driving at night.

Sunglasses come in four categories depending on the amount of light they filter out.

The average pair falls into category two, which transmit anywhere from 18 to 43 per cent light – and are the recommended lens for daytime driving.

While others are too dark and can see drivers fined.

Drivers can also be charged with careless driving if they choose to not wear any sunglasses at all during bright conditions.

Tom Preston, managing director at Hippo Motor Finance, said: "It can be tempting to keep a cheap pair of sunglasses in your car for when the sun finally makes an appearance.

"However, drivers need to remember that these sunglasses should aid driving, rather than impair it further.

"Ensuring that the tint is not too dark and that normal glasses wearers have an appropriate prescription pair is the best way to ensure regulations are met – and motorists are safe on the roads."

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