Most drivers don't like being on the road at night, but there are times when it can't be avoided. The risks are much greater than driving during daylight hours, and fatal accidents are three times more likely after dark. As well as tiredness and the distraction of lights shining in your eyes, the reduced visibility means great care is required. To make things worse, perception of depth and peripheral vision are impaired in darkness.
It's natural to look ahead if you see another vehicle approaching, but try to avoid looking directly at its lights. The reduced light inside your car means your eyes will be dazed by bright lights outside. If a car behind has high beams on, try to adjust your mirror so you aren't dazzled.
2) Dim your instrument panel.
Most modern cars have dashboard dimmer switches. Bright lights inside your car can be as much of a distraction as those outside, so dim your instrument panel to a reasonable level. Endurance drivers often cover their instrument lights completely. Passenger lights can also be a distraction.
3) Aim your headlights.
Headlights in some cars are pointed lower than necessary, and it's worth checking your car to make sure they at the right angle. Check the manual for your vehicle to see how you can adjust your headlights. Remember that aiming them too high may cause other drivers problems.
4) Keep your vehicle in good condition.
This may seem too obvious to say, but it's even more important that your vehicle is regularly cleaned and maintained if you do a lot of driving at night. Clean the headlights and mirrors regularly to ensure they do their job properly. Worn tires can be an increased hazard at night as your braking distance is usually reduced. Don't get in your car after dark if you have any concerns it may break down on the journey. Being stuck at the side of the road at night can be very dangerous, and getting help can take a long time.
5) Wear the right glasses.
Don't forget to take your glasses if you need them for driving. Some drivers choose glasses with tinted lenses for night driving, but studies show they offer very little benefit. Some types actually let more light in and create glare. If you avoid looking directly at the headlights of other vehicles, a normal pair of glasses is fine for driving after dark.
6) Take regular breaks.
You should take plenty of breaks on any long drive, but this is even more important on journeys at night. Passing lights can be almost hypnotic, and your concentration will lapse if you drive more than an hour. Pull over in a safe place and take a five minute break if you feel drowsy. It helps if you can stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
7) Avoid roads you aren't familiar with.
The hazards of night driving are greatly increased if you follow roads you don't know. Dark country roads can be particularly dangerous if you aren't familiar with their twists and turns. Trying to follow maps and directions adds to the dangers of night driving further.
On the road safety is important to us at We Insure of Pembroke Pines and we hope you don't have to deal with any car accidents. But just in case, we'll always have you covered with great auto insurance coverage if you're a customer of ours. If you're not thrilled with the price, coverage, or options on your car insurance give us a call at 954-431-9423 or get a quote today!