Tips For Safe Night Driving
October 20, 2017 at 3:42 AM
Even roads that you’re familiar with during the day can feel quite different when you’re driving on them in the dark. The reduced ability to see warning signs and road markings, and the risk of encountering new hazards make driving at night more challenging.
Here are a few tips to help you reduce the risk when driving at night:
- Prepare your car. Clean your windscreen before you take your car out in the dark as it will help reduce glare from streetlights and headlights making it easier to see.
- Increase your stopping distance. Drive more slowly and increase your following distance to allow yourself more time to react to hazards if need be.
- Do a lot of practice. Get at least 10 hours experience of night driving starting with roads that are less busy at night.
- Don’t forget the risks. Pedestrians, cyclists and animals will be harder to see at night so be keen to spot them early. Unfortunately, there’ll also be more drunk drivers on the road at night, so keep a large enough following distance and reduce your speed so that you’re ready to react when another driver does something dangerous.