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Driving Do’s and Dont’s In the Dark

  • Posted: 11-06-2017  In: Driving Tips

    Driving in the dark can pose a challenge to motorists and it is important that you take steps to ensure that you drive as safely as possible in dark conditions. Here are some driving do’s and don’ts in the dark that will hopefully keep you safe from harm.

    Do use high beams safely

    High beams are a good option when driving in the dark because they improve your visibility. These beams are not a good option in rainy or misty conditions but in the dark, they can be of great help and benefit. You shouldn’t overuse these beams and you should be mindful of other motorists but when it comes to remaining aware of the road layout, make sure you use your high beams when required.

    Do take breaks and rest if you are tired

    If it is late at night or early in the morning, there is a chance that you will feel tired and far from your best. If you are unable to concentrate, you are yawning or you aren’t fully focused, it is best to pull over and rest when it is safe to do so. Driving when tired places you, passengers and all other travellers at risk, so make sure that you are in a good condition to drive.

    Do be aware of people and animals

    While you should see other cars due to their beams and lights, depending on where you are driving, you may need to be on the lookout for animals and even people. You’ll find that being aware of bright spots, such as clothing markers or even eyes, will help you stay fully aware of what is around you when you are driving.

    Don’t look too long or deeply into headlights of oncoming vehicles

    If there is a run of traffic on the opposite side of the road coming towards you, it is only natural that you will see their headlights. However, you should make sure that you don’t stare directly into these lights or linger too long on the headlights. This can impair your vision, even after the vehicle is passed. It is recommended that motorists driving in the dark focus towards the right of the vehicle when a car approaches.

    Don’t use your headlights for too long

    While your headlights allow you to see the road in front of you, you shouldn’t use them for too long. Your headlights can negatively impact on other drivers, which may make the driving process less safe for you and other motorists. If you follow these basic tips and use them alongside the standard driving knowledge and regulations that you will be familiar with, you should find that driving in the dark isn’t a daunting prospect.