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Safety Tips on Taking a Night Drive

Safety Tips on Taking a Night Drive

I won’t discover America by saying that driving at night is dangerous. Though, it’s always possible to secure your trip by sticking to a few fundamentals. Learning them will make your travel/commuting a pleasure, void of unpleasant issues.

The first rule is to turn on the headlights 30 minutes/1 hour before the dusk. Even if you estimate the visibility as ‘good’, be sure that it’s not. Likewise, turn off the lights 30 minutes/1 hour after the dawn. Thus, testify your presence on the road by turning on the lamps. Ascertain that the lights are properly aligned: their luminance must cover the whole road. At the same time, they should not blind the oncoming vehicles.

Make it a rule to switch the headlights to the low beam once there is an oncoming figure on the horizon. This way you’ll protect the road users from blinding. If the oncoming vehicle runs with high beams, focus your eyes on the edge of the lane to avoid glare.

The third rule requires extreme cautiousness. Slow down, do not accelerate too brisk and always allow for more distance between you and the car ahead. Remember that distances are harder to gauge at night.

There are some other useful tips on taking a safe night drive:

- clear off the windshield from mud and dust to avoid glare;

- turn off low beams or fog lights when driving in fog;

- beware of drunk drivers and long-haul truckers. Slow down when you see a lorry or a vehicle that moves suspiciously; this way you’ll have time to react quickly (use extreme braking, if necessary);

- watch for animals. During nighttime there is a chance to bump into an animal while driving in rural areas. Such encounter might end up in major injuries to the driver & the animal (as well as damage the vehicle). Take notice of dedicated signs which warn about deer, foxes, bears, etc. on roads;

- adjust rear-view mirrors to eliminate glaring from other car’s headlights;

- give your eyes some rest. Do not neglect regular stops or even a half-an-hour’s nap.

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