Night Driving Brings Need For More Focus

Posted on February 23, 2016 by - Also by this author

Black limo, black windows, black as night. Train chauffeurs to maneuver safely after the sun goes down.
Black limo, black windows, black as night. Train chauffeurs to maneuver safely after the sun goes down.
The challenges of driving at night require more focus and concentration because your vision is limited. Did you know that traffic death rates are three times greater at night?

Because of the limited vision, you lose the advantages of colors and contrast and depth perception and peripheral vision are diminished.

Here are a few tips for night driving:

  • Turn on headlights an hour before sunset to make your car more visible to others in the glare of the sunset and keep them on an hour after sunrise for the same reason. Never use your high-beam lights in fog. It will make things worse. Don’t turn your use your high-beams against another driver inadvertently driving with his on. You may blind him and cause a head-on collision. Give a quick flash instead. Make sure your headlights are properly aligned.
  • If you must pull off the road at night, make sure to use your emergency flashers.
  • Adjust your rearview mirror at night so that cars behind you don’t reflect their headlights into your eyes.
  • Keep windows and headlights clean.
  • On dark roads with curves, look for headlights coming the opposite direction before you actually see the vehicle.
  • Increase your following distance in case the driver ahead of you suddenly brakes for something you can’t see.
  • If you are tired, roll the window down and get some fresh air until you can get to a spot where you can get out and walk a bit and perhaps enjoy a cup of coffee or energy beverage. If you need to, take a short nap.
  • Make sure to have a vision check every two years and consider wearing night driving glasses designed to reduce glare.
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