10 Tips for Driving at Night

  • March 14, 2017
  • Steinger Greene & Feiner
  • Auto Accident

Nighttime driving is very different than driving while the sun is up. It is more difficult to see at night, drastically reducing the amount of time you have to react to a hazard. The good news is that there are ways to reduce your risks while driving at night. Here are ways that you can make your after-dark driving commutes safer for you and everyone in your vehicle.

1. Follow Safety Tips

Sure, you read articles like this about how to drive at night in a safe way. Do you follow the tips that you read? If you are like many, you will read an article and then forget it. Don’t. If you take the time to read up on how to do something more safely, follow at least a couple of the tips.

2. Your Headlights

Often times, headlights are pointed more toward the ground than they should be. It is worth the time and effort it takes to aim them properly. You can easily do this yourself by following the instructions in your owner’s manual. It will take a bit of time to get them adjusted properly, so make sure you undertake the task when you have more than a couple of minutes to spare.

While you are aiming your headlights, give the casings a good cleaning. There are polishing kits on the market that will help you to remove any haze that has accumulated over your years of driving. You may also want to replace old incandescent bulb with newer LED varieties.

3. Dim Your Dash

Many drivers have their dashboard lights shining as brightly as possible. Dim your lights to avoid strain to your eyes. Keep your map lights off. Doing these things will help to reduce the amount of backlight reaching your eyes and let you focus more easily on the road ahead.

4. Check Your Glasses

If you are having difficulty seeing at night, visit your eye doctor. Wearing the wrong glasses can impede your ability to drive safely. When purchasing new glasses, choose the anti-reflective coating option. This keeps light from bouncing off of the inside of your lenses. Studies have also shown that glasses with this coating allow more light to reach your eyes, letting you see better.

While you are at it, don’t buy into the misconception that yellow-tinted lenses let you see better at night. This isn’t true and you will only waste your money.

5. Look for Retinas

You’re driving down the road and see two little flashes of light up ahead. You think nothing of it and speed ahead. Next thing you know, you are standing next to a smoking vehicle and an injured deer. Pay attention to those flashes of light. You will see an animal up ahead long before you come upon it in most cases. When you see the retinas of an animal shine, slow your vehicle until you are sure that the animal has passed. Keep in mind, too, that certain animals travel in packs. Deer, for instance, typically follow one another. If one passes in front of you, keep an eye out for its friends coming up behind it.

6. Don’t Get Mesmerized

It is too easy to become distracted by oncoming lights. Do yourself a favor and turn your eyes from oncoming headlights. If there is a car behind you and the lights are bothering your eyes, move your rearview mirror to get the reflection out of your eyes.

7. Clear Your Windshield

A grimy, smudged windshield makes it difficult to see at night when oncoming headlights bounce off the smears. Give your windshield a hard wipe with a bit of newspaper, both inside and out. This quick cleaning will remove residue from your glass, making light glare less obvious.

8. Fog Lights

You may not have a car equipped with fog lights, but you can add them yourself. The cost is well worth the amount of visibility you will pick up. Additionally, fog lights will make it easier for oncoming traffic to see you. Aftermarket fog lights are easy to find and, if you can’t install them yourself, quickly added to your vehicle by a professional.

9. Auxiliary Lights

Speaking of lights, there are all types of exterior lights you can add to your car. Take a look at the offerings at your local auto supply store and see what strikes your fancy. While you don’t want to drive down the street with a vehicle lit up like an airplane, adding an extra light or two can increase your safety.

10. Exterior Mirrors

When is the last time you bothered to clean your exterior mirrors? If it’s been quite a while, now is the perfect time. Adjust your side mirrors properly and give them a good cleaning. Your side mirrors should be adjusted so that you don’t see your own vehicle reflected, and angling them down slightly will prevent lights behind you from reflecting into your eyes.

If you happen to be involved in a car accident in West Palm Beach at any time of day or night, you may be entitled to compensation. Reach out to our team of expert attorneys today for a free case evaluation.



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