10 Tips for Night Driving
We know we’ve told you this before here but, 49% of all fatal car accidents occur at night despite there being fewer drivers on the road. So, we feel it necessary to address this issue once more with additional tips for night driving:
1. Be especially careful when driving during twilight. It is especially difficult to see during this time because your eyes have to constantly adjust to the changing light conditions. Turn your headlights on at least a half hour before sunset; it will help other drivers see you.
2. Make sure your headlights are clean and aimed properly.
3. Make sure your windows are clean and that you have plenty of washer fluid.
4. Avoid staring into the headlights of oncoming traffic. Shift your gaze slightly to the right and use the road edge lines or the right side of the road as a guide.
5. Use your high beams when driving on open roads with no street lights, but make sure you switch to low beams when you are following a vehicle at a distance of 300 feet or less or when you are at least 500 feet before meeting oncoming vehicles, so as not to blind other drivers.
6. Dim your dashboard lights to improve your vision.
7. A lot of construction happens at night, so be one the lookout for construction zones and be prepared to stop or slowly drive past them.
8. Drunk driving is common during the nighttime, so drive defensively and clearly signal your intentions.
9. Driving on a windy road at night is difficult because your headlights only allow you to see what is directly in front of you. When turning corners, scan the area to the side of your car where your headlights don’t reach. Also be careful when backing up, since your taillights only provide minimal light.
10. Reduce glare by using the day-night feature on your rear-view mirror.
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