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Keep Safe While Driving at Night

by Cape Gateway
28 Feb 2007
Cape Gateway
Cape Gateway

Night driving is more difficult and dangerous than day driving because your depth perception, colour recognition and peripheral vision are compromised after sunset. Old people especially have difficulty with night driving. This article gives some tips on how to keep safe while driving at night.

To help ensure that you drive safely at night:
  • Make sure that your lights are all working and are clean (headlights, taillights and signal lights. Also check that your windows are clean.
  • Make sure that your headlights are properly directed at the road - misaimed headlights can blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
  • Do not drink and drive! In addition to hampering your abilities, alcohol can make you sleepy.
  • Don't smoke when you are driving - nicotine and carbon monoxide hamper night vision.
  • Turn your headlights on at twilight - it makes it easier for other people to see you.
  • Reduce your speed and increase your following distances
  • Drive so that you are able to stop within the area lit up by your headlights.
  • Keep your headlights dipped when there are other vehicles in front of you or coming towards you.
  • Don't allow yourself to be blinded by other people's bright lights - rather watch the side of the road, glancing ahead to check the position of the oncoming vehicle.
  • Stop regularly and stretch your legs. If you get tired, stop and rest.
  • If you have car trouble at night, pull of the road as much as possible and put your hazards on.

Observe night driving safety as soon as the sun goes down. Twilight is one of the most difficult times to drive, because your eyes are constantly changing to adapt to the growing darkness.

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