Driving at night can be challenging for a number of reasons. These must be dealt with in a timely manner to avoid any sort of inconvenience and stress while driving. One should not underestimate the danger of driving after dark and must proceed with caution, especially in the winter. One of the many reasons that make night driving more dangerous than driving during the day is reduced visibility. The following tips will help you navigate and drive stress-free and comfortably at night:
Keep mirrors clean and well-adjusted
Keeping mirrors clean will help you in enhancing your visibility of other cars on the road. While changing lanes, you need to look in the rear-view mirrors to see if the lane is clear. Moreover. Well-adjusted mirrors will also help in preventing the light of other cars entering in your eyes. If you do not have an auto-dimming feature in your rearview mirror, then use the night mode tab on it. This will adjust the rearview mirror so that light does not go directly in your eyes at night.
Make use of fog lights
Even if there is no fog, make use of the fog lights as their combination with both the high and low beams is conducive to better visibility at night. It will also help other cars to detect you in the dark easily. Obviously, in the fog or misty conditions, fog lamps will help you not only at night but also during the day.
Keep an optimal distance from the cars ahead
Keeping a respectable distance from the cars ahead of you is extremely important at night and in bad weather conditions. This is because, in the case of an emergency, you can easily brake your car and avoid hitting the car in front of you. In order to be at a safe distance, you should see the rear bumper of the car in front of yours. Driving your car very close to the next one can prove to be very dangerous and costly.
Use eyeglasses with an anti-reflective lens
Eyeglasses with an anti-reflective lens will help you enhance your visibility at night if you wear eyeglasses while driving. Normal glasses dissipate the rays of light which can cause difficulty in looking outside the windscreen at night time.
Avoid two-way roads
Two-way roads are those roads that cater to the traffic in either direction. These roads do not have a divider in between and can be dangerous at night. Overtaking on these roads is particularly not safe at night. Moreover, when these roads bend, the driver does not know about the incoming traffic, especially at night.
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Do not look at the lights of incoming traffic
Looking directly at the lights of the incoming traffic suddenly can have a blinding effect on your eyes. This can lead to temporary blindness that can hamper your view of the traffic. This can lead to an accident as your vision is compromised. Therefore, avoid looking directly, especially at high-beams of the incoming traffic.
Keep the brightness of interior lighting low
If the brightness of the interior lighting in your car can be lowered, then do that at night. This will put less light in your eyes, and your eyes will be less stressful at night time. The brightness should be so much so that you can easily comprehend numbers and figures.
Make use of GPS technology
Make use of the GPS technology in your car so that you have a clear idea about the road you are traveling on. You can get a good idea about the twists and turns in the road ahead, which are not easily visible at night.
Be cautious about overtaking big or oversize vehicles
Oversize or big vehicles include buses and trucks that are difficult to overtake at night. An oversize vehicle has a longer turning radius, which you are not mindful of at night. Moreover, it takes longer to overtake a big vehicle like a bus or a truck. With lower visibility at night, it can be dangerous. Hence, proceed with caution when you are doing so.
Keep headlights clean and well-aligned
Clean headlights will help you improve your visibility at night time. You can also polish them for a better effect. Nowadays, there are auto-adjustors fitted to the headlights that automatically adjust the beam of your headlights. If you do not have that, get it done manually from a workshop. This will spread the light evenly and far on the road to improve your visibility.
Avoid overspeeding at night
Always drive within the speed limit at night so that if you have to brake after seeing something unexpected, you can do so with significant ease. A lower speeds, your car also has more grip on the road, which helps in stopping.
Rest on longer journies
Try to avoid continuous driving on longer journies at night. On longer journies, always stop somewhere to rest so that you are not fatigued and stressed out. In case you are feeling sleepy, do not drive at night.
Be cautious on roads with animal crossing
If this is the case, you have to drive lower speeds so that if an animal appears on the road, you can easily stop your car without hitting it. A lower speeds, your car will not skid or go out of control by applying the emergency brake.
Travel with another person
Traveling with another person can help you stay focused on the road. You can also switch driving positions, and you can rest while the other person drives. This reduces fatigue and stress on longer journies at night.
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