Night driving safety tips

*collaborative post* 

With almost half of all recorded road accidents occurring in the darkened conditions of night, it’s easy to see that night driving is more dangerous than day driving. Which makes sense, on the face of things – the less you can see, the higher the chance of bumping into things (and if you have been bumped into, see car accident collision for more info). The same can be said of the higher probability of catching your little toe on the edge of furniture when walking through your house at night. With vision being a key part of being able to spot perilous conditions and having the time to react and avoid them, we’re going to look at night driving safety tips, focusing on your field of vision.

How to cope with glare 

We’ve all been in this situation. We’re driving at night. Minding our own business. When all of a sudden, out of nowhere and without warning, an oncoming car appears, blinding us with main beams. This is made all the more annoying when it happens on secluded backroads with little in the way of street lighting, meaning the only light you have is your own headlights, limiting your view of potential obstacles. The problem is that we want to keep an eye on oncoming traffic, so as to avoid a collision. In this scenario, keeping looking at the blindingly oncoming car is a bad idea. Instead, trust that the other vehicle will not crash into you, and focus your attention on the curb. Maintain your speed and stay a steady distance from the curb until the bright lights have passed.

Clean your screen 

Your windscreen isn’t immune to dirt and grime. A dirty windscreen presents two concerns. One is that glare from streetlights and other road users is exacerbated by grime, spreading the light out further across your line of sight than it would if it were clean. Secondly, dirty windscreens steam up more readily than clean windscreens. This is because water droplets in the air can cling more readily to dirty surfaces with lots of ‘attachment’ opportunities in comparison to a perfectly clean screen. This means cleaning your screen on the inside. How? Use the demisting trick used by ice hockey players on the inside of their visors. Apply a small amount of shaving foam to the inside of your windscreen with a sponge and water. This thin film of protection will go a long way in preventing your windscreen from misting up.

 

 

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