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Tips on how to drive safely at night.

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Safe Drive At Night

Tips to Drive Safely at Night


By: Daniel Lisco

Table of Contents Explained

  1. Headlights- How to properly use your headlights at certain times. What to do when you are faced with a situation. 
  2. Protect Your Eyes- How to avoid any glare or blindness while driving.
  3. Adjust & Clean- Why is it important to adjust your mirrors and clean your windshield. 
  4. Pace Yourself- How fast you should really be driving. 

Table of Contents

  1. Headlights
  2. Protect Your Eyes
  3. Adjust & Clean
  4. Pace Yourself

First of all, the general purpose of headlights are to help improve your vision while driving at night, which makes them a must use. However, while using headlights, you need to be sure you manage the lighting, time, and space wisely. 


 Low Beams

- Low beams are the more commonly used light out of the two and typically used while driving in cities and towns, except streets with no lighting. 

- Be sure to switch to low beams whenever you meet oncoming traffic from the opposite direction. 

- When following another vehicle, always switch to low beams whenever you come within 200 feet from the vehicle ahead. 

High Beams 

- High beams are only used in situations where you struggle with visibility, such as dark roads. Although, be sure that there are no other vehicles around or on divided highways with no traffic ahead. 

- Be sure to switch out of high beams if you come within 500 feet from a vehicle heading towards you or if you come within 200 feet from a vehicle ahead of you.

Headlights


  • How to properly use your headlights at certain times. What to do when you are faced with a situation. 

Protect Your Eyes

How to avoid any glare or blindness while driving.

Despite the number of times someone might be told to manage their headlights correctly, some may forget, causing other drivers to adjust for a bit in order to drive by safely.

If you so happen to face another driver who still has their high-beam headlights on and are driving to you from the opposite side of the road, read these tips that might save you in the future.


- Since you are driving at night, your vision is already reduced substantially. 

  1. If an oncoming vehicle is driving towards you from the opposite side of the road, be sure to not look directly or anywhere relatively near it.
  2. Instead, look down and right.
  3. Use the white lines you see as guide lines to help you maneuver safely. As you continue to use the white lines as a guide, be sure to frequently look up quickly too. 
    1. Doing this will allow you to still view other vehicles in your peripheral vision without getting blinded by the glare. 
  4. While doing this, it is recommended to communicate with the other driver by flickering your high beams to notify  them they still have their high beam headlights on. 
    1. By doing this, you potentially could have saved another driver from an accident resulting in injury or death, by taking action to alarm the driver to turn off their high-beams.

Adjust & Clean

  • Why is it important to adjust your mirrors and clean your windshield. 

Without a doubt, having a clean windshield and well adjusted mirrors are very important because if you fail to have either one of these tasks done, then you run the risk of getting into an accident. 

Reasons why it is important to have a clean windshield:

  1. Dirty windshields result in hazy and/or poor vision- The inability to see clearly will leave you guessing if you heading in the right direction, or if you are going fast enough or too fast. It is basically driving blind. 
  2. Dirty windshields reflects a stronger glare- A strong glare could result in temporarily blindness while driving, which could cause you to spin out and cause a huge wreckage.

Reasons why it is important to have clean and adjusted mirrors:

  1. Clean mirrors allow you to see beyond unclean/somewhat clean mirrors- Its simple, having cleaner mirrors give you a better look on whats going on behind you. Cleaner mirrors provide better visibility.
  2. Preferred adjustments- Everyone is different and it is important that you adjust your mirrors os that they fit your exact needs. If you do not adjust your mirrors properly, they could result in you not being able to see correctly and giving you bind spots. 

Pace Yourself

How fast you should really be driving. 

When driving at night, be sure to pace yourself or slow down. Not only are you putting yourself at risk of an accident, you are also putting other driver at risk as well. 

Reasons as to why you should slow down include:

  1. Increase chance of an accident- Driving fast in general is dangerous, especially in the dark due to the lack of visibility which affects your reaction time. 
  2. Risking several lives- Driving fast in general puts yourself at risk of an accident, which could result in injury or death. In addition, you are also risking the life of several other drivers.
  3. Against the law- Plain and simple, speeding is against the law.