How to make night driving safer.
The arrival of shorter days poses new challenges to drivers taking to our roads. More of us will be required to drive at night more frequently during late autumn and winter and we must adapt to the effects of these changing conditions on both ourselves and our vehicles.
Driving at night is not only considered less desirable than driving in daylight for many, but it is also proven to be more dangerous. Although traffic volumes are considerably less in hours of darkness, 40% of all collisions occur during this time.
Reduced vision poses the starkest danger when driving at night, making it more difficult to anticipate hazards and see vulnerable road users. In addition, there is the increased likelihood that tiredness will result in you being less alert. These risks are higher among new, inexperienced drivers and those of older age.
All of this culminates in some drivers avoiding driving in the dark altogether if they can. However, with a few simple steps you can be better prepared for night driving and hopefully feel more comfortable when doing so.
Here are a few steps you can take to reduce the risks associated with night driving:
- Clean your lights and windows
- Use your headlights
- Check your headlight level
- Take your time
- Take regular breaks
- Dim your internal lights
- Have regular eye tests