We know that driving at night is something many drivers feel less confident about doing. Combine the apprehension with less visibility, poor weather conditions and tiredness and it does not make for a good recipe.
So here at Quest Motor Group, we’ve come up with some top tips to keep in mind when it comes to driving at night.
Did you know you should be turning on your headlights on around an hour before the sun sets? Not only does this make it easier for you to see, but it also makes you more visible to other drivers. In some instances, you may need to use your headlights during the day if it’s particularly bad weather.
It’s important to increase the distance between you and the car in front of you, particularly at night because your visibility is lessened. During the day, you can see further and therefore react to situations quicker than you can in the dark.
The best way to stay safe driving at night is to stay alert. It’s even more important to be aware of your surroundings and check your mirrors when driving at night. Keep an eye out for other cars’ headlights and also those who may have forgotten to put theirs on. At night, it’s more about watching for others drivers mistakes than having to worry about your own – so keep your mirrors clean and ensure to be aware of what’s going on around you.
It’s also important not to get behind the wheel if you start to feel tired. Not only does driving tired make you a danger to yourself, but also to other road users. If you’re driving on a long journey, make sure you schedule some frequent rest stops to keep yourself alert.
It’s important to make sure your windows are clean. Dirty windows will increase the glare from other vehicles headlights and they are also more prone to steaming up – all leading to decreased visibility which is dangerous when driving at night.
Many drivers first realise problems with their eyesight when they drive at sunset because your eyes are constantly re-adjusting to changing light levels. If you experience problems with your sight at night, then it’s important to book an appointment with your optician.
It’s always best to be prepared for a breakdown – whatever the weather and whatever time of day it may be. If you drive frequently at night, ensure to carry a torch and warm clothing in case of a breakdown.