Our Best Tips For Driving In The Dark
Driving in the dark can pose more challenges, so listen carefully and stay safe with these unique tips.
There is no doubt in mind that driving in the dark is more dangerous. There was a survey back in 2017 by ROSPA revealed that 40% of all collisions occur in the darkness. While over 20% of all severe accidents on motorways and monotonous roads are caused by falling asleep behind the wheel.
One of the main reasons behind all this is because of reduced visibility and increased difficulty in judging distance and speed. Research confirms that over 2 million street lights are dimmed at night or turned off completely.
- Don’t dazzle others, try to use your dipped lights when faced with another road user.
- Keep your windows clean to avoid increased glare and condensation.
- Have your eyes regularly checked for problems which can affect your night vision.
- Help drivers notice you in twilight by turning your headlights on before sunset as well as keeping them on for an hour after sunrise.
- Be aware of other drivers behaviour as they could be erratic, so give them extra space.
- Look out for any pedestrians around near pubs/clubs around closing times.
- If you can, you should dim your dashboard lights to reduce any reflections and avoid reducing your night vision.
- Allocate more time for your journey, so you’re not driving under any pressure.
The Institute of advanced motorist advice is turning our headlights on before sunset and keeping them on for an hour after sunrise. This is so it is easier for other drivers to see you in the twilight. Ensure that all your exterior lights are clean and working correctly. While also ensuring your interior lights are turned off.
Although it is also essential to make sure you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear. After dark, this is especially the case.
It’s critical to have your eyesight checked commonly. This is because it will help you out in the future and identify any underlying problems which could affect your night vision. You should never wear dark or tinted lenses while driving at night.
Always make sure your car windows are clean, inside and out. Dirty windows will increase glare from other vehicles and become more prone to steaming up.
Don’t Dazzle Other Drivers
On all the rural roads drive on full beam whenever possible but dip your lights when faced with any other road users. To avoid dazzling them.
Try your best if you’re dazzled by other drivers to avoid looking directly at the headlights. Try to avoid constant speed changes this can confuse drivers behind you so try stick to one speed.
Always plan when driving keep looking ahead for signs of any oncoming drivers. Any glimmers of lights at the top of hills or bends can indicate a prior warning of oncoming drivers.
Especially take care and look out for any pedestrians and cyclist as they are more difficult to spot at night without wearing reflective clothing.
Take A Break
It is always advised constantly to take breaks when driving on long distances. Although it is even more essential when you’re driving overnight. We reccomend you stop for a rest at least every two hours and have a strong coffe to keep yourself on your toes & alert.