Driving at night can be daunting enough already with decreased visibility in rural areas. With other drivers on the road, however, things can get just a bit riskier.
Aside from the obvious of switching on your headlights and fastening your seatbelt, here are a few things to bear in mind if ever you find yourself driving around in the dark.
KEEP WINDOWS CLEAN
This is a given, but it’s even more important that your windows and mirrors are all cleaned before you start driving. This is especially true if you’re driving in fog. Streetlights won’t cover everything. Be sure everything is visible.
DIP YOUR HEADLIGHTS
While it makes sense to increase your range of visibility by boosting your headlights, doing so when you’re not the only one on the road can cause problems, namely blinding other drivers and potentially causing an accident. Learn when to dip your lights and when it’s okay to put them back to full brightness.
TURN ON HEADLIGHTS BEFORE SUNSET
This is pretty self-explanatory. Even if you think it’s light enough, as soon as it starts to get dark, turn on your headlights just to be on the safe side.
BE EXTRA VIGILENT
Even if it’s not dark yet, it’s never a bad idea to put your headlights on early. The time it takes for the sun to set properly is plenty enough time for something bad to hap pen.
If you remember all those THINK! adverts about the perils of driving while you’re tired, you’ll know how dangerous this could be.
As you can imagine, not paying attention to the road can lead to pretty disastrous consequences. Remember to be on the lookout for pedestrians. Just because it’s night, doesn’t mean they’re not around!
You may feel a pressure to get home sooner due to it being night time, but the best way to avoid reckless driving is to allow yourself more time to travel.
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