Posted on: Jan. 31, 2017 in Driving, Safety

People who drive at night are three times more likely to get into an accident than those who travel during the day. At night, your visibility is limited, and your depth perception, peripheral vision, and ability to recognize colors are all diminished. We typically use visual reference points when we drive and the darkness can make us lose those. It’s also harder to judge distances. Animals, pedestrians, traffic signs, and bicycles are also all more difficult to see at night.


If you must drive at night, follow these safety tips.

Tip 1. Stay focused. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted by your phone, the radio, or other passengers.

Tip 2. Clean your headlights and taillights frequently. Debris build up on them will make them less effective.

Tip 3. Get your vision checked. Many people experience vision loss in the dark. Using corrective lenses and prescribed may be necessary.

Tip 4. Turn on your headlights early. As dusk sets in, it becomes harder to see. Turning on your headlights as soon as the sun begins to go down helps you to see, but also helps others to see you.

Tip 5. Dim your dashboard lights. Your forward vision can be compromised by the dashboard lights below. For the same reason, avoid using your map lights or having other light sources in the front seat.

Tip 6. Clean your windshield. Keep your windshield free of smudges and streaks. These can create reflections and glare that will make it hard to see.

Tip 7. Clean your mirrors. Like your windshield, your mirrors can become smudged, causing a glare or simply obstructing your vision. If the lights of other cars are shining into your eyes, adjust the mirrors so that doesn’t happen.

Driving at night takes skill and practice. While it’s very unlikely to avoid driving at night altogether, taking a few extra precautions can make for a more pleasant and safe driving experience.

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