Driving at night time can be daunting for some drivers. If you are used to it, it may not seem as bad. However, you should always be aware of a number of tips that may make driving at night time easier to do.
Your headlights should always be dipped if traffic is coming towards you. However, if you are on an unlit road and there is no oncoming traffic, make good use of your full beams. This will highlight more of the road ahead. If cars are coming towards you, try not to look into their headlights as this can temporarily blind you. You should also drop your speed on unlit roads, as this will give you more time to prepare for any obstacles that might appear.
Check your windscreen is clean – and your other car windows too
This might sound like an odd tip, but if you’ve ever driven with a windscreen that has been cleaned and left with smears all over it, you’ll know why we are providing it. A smeared and streaked windscreen can reduce the visibility you have to work with. When lights come up ahead of you, they’ll look worse than they would through a clear windscreen.
For the same reason, your external mirrors should also be nice and clean. If they are dirty and smeared, you may not be able to accurately place where lights are when they reflect in those mirrors.
Another crucial part of safe night-time driving is planning ahead. If you know you have to drive at night, check the route ahead of time. Are there likely to be any road closures or obstacles? Should you plan an alternate route that will avoid unlit roads?
By focusing on all these elements, you are less likely to have an accident. However, if you’ve already experienced an accident while driving at night, and you think someone else was the cause of it, contact the team working at Accident Advice Helpline now. Our free enquiry line is open on 0800 689 0500 and you can call whenever it suits you. If we feel you have a strong argument to make for compensation, our professional injury compensation lawyers could support you throughout the claims process. They’ll keep you up to date with what is happening and when, so get in touch as soon as you can to learn more.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead