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How to drive safely at night


Night driving can be difficult for many people, particularly for inexperienced drivers and the elderly. The young inexperienced driver generally learns to drive during daylight hours, and not on major roads or motorways. The elderly may have a wealth of driving experience, but can be hindered by poorer eyesight and slower reaction times. Both these groups are more prone to suffer car accidents when driving at night, but there are simple precautions that can be taken to avoid situations where you may be involved in a car accident.

Driving in the dark is a lot different from driving during the daylight hours, our field of vision is significantly reduced due to the lack of natural light. Here are some tips on how to drive safely at night.

How to drive safely at night

  • Check that all your lights are in good order, and that your windscreen is clean

  • Ensure that you get your eyes checked at least once a year, and if you need glasses to drive - wear them

  • Do not wait until you find it difficult to see in front of you before putting your lights on. Remember your lights are not just to help you see, but they are also to help others see you

  • Allow your eyes a few minutes to adjust to the dark before setting off on your journey

  • Never drive with the interior light on, your eyes will be adjusted to the bright light inside and not to the darkness outside

  • If you need to look at an oncoming vehicle, try to look between their headlights or at the road just in front of them

  • Avoid driving when tired - many car accidents are caused by over tired drivers making careless mistakes. If you start feeling tired, take a break and have a cup of tea or coffee before continuing

  • Be alert, do not use excessive speed or drive too close to the car in front

  • When manoeuvring, make sure your mirror is in the 'anti-glare' position and always signal well in advance

  • Do not drink any alchohol before driving your car, it's not worth the risk


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