Soon we will be getting an extra hour of sleep as we put the clocks back. But as the days get shorter, driving dangers can increase. Here’s our guide on how to stay safer driving in the dark.
Be Wide Awake
Habitual driving routes can present entirely different challenges in the dark, so make sure you are wide awake and are keeping an eye out for cyclists and pedestrians in the darkness.
Give your car lights a good check over. Lights are there for you to see where you’re going and for others to see you. Do a once a day walk around your car to ensure all lights are functioning, and use a garage door or wall to see the tail lights if you have no one to help check them. Changing a bulb on an up-to-date car is not as simple as it used to be – so get a professional to change it for you before the police pull you over and issue a fine or repair reminder notice.
Of course, you need to be able to see properly to drive in the first place, and this means getting a regular eye-test. It is crucial to have your sight examined on a regular basis as this will give you an indication of how good your vision is at night. As we get older our eyes let in less light, so be mindful of your limits.
One of the most common night-time issues is being dazzled by on-coming vehicles. Dip your headlights when you meet other cars.
Carry An Emergency Kit
Keep a simple emergency kit in your car. It’s a good idea to be prepared for any unexpected incidents – especially at night. Having a torch, first aid kit, map – and even a basic tool kit – can make all the difference.
Carry A Mobile Phone
A properly charged-up mobile phone, with the contact details of any breakdown cover you have, is another necessity for safe and sound night driving.