Driving on unlit roads can be very risky. Those who have no choice but to make their way through roads with inadequate lighting at night are advised to check all their lights are working before their journey commences. You should also check them if you’re driving at dusk, dawn and in bad weather. Use dipped beam in urban areas and full beam on other roads. If you see someone coming towards you, switch to dipped beam to avoid dazzling them. You should also slow down.
Avoiding accidents when driving on unlit roads
Reduce your speed when you are moving from a lit to an unlit road so your eyes can adjust. It is harder to spot hazards at night, and it’s also tougher for other people to see you. Drivers may need to stop on several occasions when driving at night, so it’s advisable to drive at a speed that enables you to stop in the distance that’s visible to you. You should always be vigilant for cyclists, other drivers, pedestrians and motorbikes.
Lower visibility can cause big problems when it comes to driving at night. Edges aren’t as distinct as they normally are and an extra strain is placed on the eyes. Overtaking can be very risky at night due to your reduced view. If you must overtake, only do so if you are completely sure the road ahead is clear. Make sure your lights are cleaned on a regular basis and ensure you have sufficient windscreen washer. Light bulbs may stop working at any point, so it’s wise to always transport spares around with you.
Talk to Accident Advice Helpline if you have had an accident whilst driving at night and it was someone else’s fault. We have a great deal of experience when it comes to getting compensation for those who have been injured during night time driving and are waiting to hear from you right now if you have come to harm whilst driving on unlit roads and you didn’t cause the accident.
You may wish to take our 30-second test to see if you’re likely to have a claim. Alternatively, you can simply give us a call right now on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile). We can assist you if you’ve been hurt driving on unlit roads so call today. We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and treat each case with the strictest confidentiality.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice