Night driving is not just annoying, it is dangerous. Driving at night is actually the most dangerous time to drive.
What makes driving at night dangerous? Obviously it’s dark and we tend to be more tired at night. However, sometimes driving at night is unavoidable.
How does one make their nocturnal travels safer and better?
Here are some easy-to-follow tips for driving after dark; All you have to do is follow these steps and make sure your vehicle is ready for a drive at night:
1. Your headlights should be in a very good condition: Point your headlights perfectly, making sure they are not blinding to oncoming traffic. You don’t have to be a mechanic to do this, just follow the instructions of the manual. Clean the road grime from your headlights on a frequent basis. This is especially necessary if your car is an older model with plastic lens covers. This can be very dangerous as covers tend to yellow and fade over the years. Finally, to make sure nothing blocks the light and your headlights shine through brightly, remove the haze with the headlight polish kit.
2. Your windshield should be perfectly clean: If your windshield is dirty, it might cause glare at night. Clean it with a newspaper to remove residue. Do not touch the windshield with hands as you might leave handprints. Also, aim your exterior mirrors by cleaning and adjusting them properly.
3. Dim your dash lights and instrument panel: To avoid stray reflections dim your dash lights. Also, do not leave your map lights on as they might disperse lights all over the interior and shine into driver’s eyes.
4. Never stare at oncoming lights: Turn your gaze away from other lights on the road. Bright lights can disrupt your concentration. We recommend you take the night driving very seriously and avoid any type of distraction.
I hope these tips were helpful.