Safety Tips for Driving at Night

Driving at night can be dangerous for anyone due to decreased visibility.  As we age, it can become more difficult to see at night.  Follow these tips on how to drive safely after sundown.

  1. Make sure your headlights and brake lights work, are clean and aimed correctly.  This will help you see your surroundings more clearly.
  2. Increase the space between you and the car in front of you to be able to stop safely.  Drive within the reach of your headlights.
  3. Avoid being blinded by oncoming vehicles by looking down toward the right of the road, which will serve as a guide.  Use your day/night mirror to deflect light from cars behind you.
  4. Turn your high beams off when driving behind another car.  Don’t use them in high-traffic or well-lit areas.
  5. Dim your instrument panel lighting to improve nightvision. Make sure your instrument lights never reflect directly into the driver’s vision.
  6. Windshield streaks that are invisible during the day can cause glare at night. Clean with a cotton or microfiber cloth.
  7. If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.  Turn on your hazard and interior lights, and wait for help.

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