Thursday, 31 March 2016

Top tips for driving at night

Driving at night can be peaceful and relaxing while you stare into the darkness and at the bright lights of the towns and cities around you as well as the bright lights of the road ahead. Driving at night however can also be very dangerous, there may be fewer drivers on the road but there are some really dangerous drivers around on a night, in addition to all of the usual hazards that come with doing anything in the dark. Here are our top 5 tips on driving at night.

Watch out for animals

This is an especially relevant tip if you are driving along small, quiet or country roads. Animals tend to be on roads more at night, mainly because some animals come out at night or it’s simply quieter. But a great tip is to look for animals eyes, your headlights will shine in their eyes. Hitting an animal can be a disaster for your car, but remember not to break too heavily if you think you’re going to hit an animal just in case there is a car behind, it’s worse if they go into the back of you.

Don’t lose concentration

It’s not a good idea to stare into a particular place or into car lights ahead, it’s generally a bad idea to fixate on something, stare at something for a long time or get distracted because you need to be more concentrated than ever before.

Use your fog lights

When it's pitch black and there is no one around, as well as there being no street lighting, it’s advised to use your fog lights, this will help you see the road much more clearly and help you see bends and hazards ahead. Remember not to blind any drivers though.

Clean your windows and mirrors

Give your windows and mirrors a good clean so you can see very clearly, it your windows and mirrors aren’t helping you much during the day, they are going to help you even less at night.

Look after your eyes

Make sure your eyes are in great condition, get your eyes tested regularly. Clear vision means less problems when driving, especially at night. If you need to wear glasses it’s advisable to wear them.

It’s all about keeping you, your passengers, other drivers and pedestrians safe - night time driving can be great, so stay focused and enjoy it.

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