It is obvious that driving at night is more dangerous than during any other time of day, if not the most dangerous.
In fact, according to National Safety Council, the risk driving at night has 3 times higher than during any other time and around 49 percent of fatal car accidents are during night time.
Moreover, many drivers
Thus, knowing the technique of driving safely at night may be more important than you think. In this article, we will introduce top 10 most important tips that help to eliminate the danger of driving at night.
Before driving at night, avoid things that make you feel drowsy
It is obvious that falling asleep or feeling sleepy will increa
The first is to make sure you have rested well before driving at night. Lack of sleep and rest is usually the main sources of drowsy driving accidents.
Second, avoid taking medicines that make you drowsy.
Third, you might not know that things that you eat also could make you drowsy. In fact, research has shown that meals with
And finally, you should have coffee or other caffeine products before driving. Research shows that drinking two cups of coffee (or equivalent amount) could help you stay away from “sleep attack” for an hour.
Ensure your headlights clean and correctly aimed
Headlights are one of the most important determinants of your night driving safety. If your car headlights are in not good condition, your risks of having an accident are significantly increased since you could hardly see ahead while driving at night with un-proper working headlights.
However, car headlights, even in brand-new ones, are usually angled lower to the ground or aligned unevenly. If aimed incorrectly, even brightest headlights in the world would be not useful for illuminating the road in front of you. Hence, it is necessary to have your headlights re-adjusted. You could do that at a professional mechanic’s shop, this service is usually quite quick and cheap. If you would like to adjust headlights yourself, make sure to strictly follow the instructions in your car’s owner’s manual. In addition, you should be patient since there will be a few trials before your car headlights are perfectly
Moreover, you should also frequently check the
Ensure clean windows and clean exterior mirrors
Ensure to use your high-beam lights correctly
High-beam lights should be used only if there is not much traffic. When driving in very dark, low-visibility areas with less traffic, you could use high-beams to make your vision much wider and deeper. Yet, when you are in areas with much traffic or when there is oncoming traffic, bright lights of high-beams could distract other drivers, which in turn lead to the increase in likelihood of having accidents. Thus, make sure to turn off your high-beam lights when following another car or when being in much traffic areas. Also, make sure to turn your high-beams off when you start to see the faint glow of another car’s headlights in a corner or over a hilltop or from around the bend; by doing this, you will help other drivers not suddenly blinded, and hence, helping them and you to drive more safely at night.
Don’t stare at the incoming lights.
In above section, we already mentioned that other drivers should always dim their high-beams when they see you, just as you would do this for them. Unfortunately, drivers always keep on forgetting to do this. Thus, what you could do to protect yourself is to avoid looking at bright lights, especially high-beams of an incoming car. If a car behind you is using high-beams, you should adjust your rear view mirrors so that you will not directly look at the lights or you could even move the mirror so that the lights will be shined back at the behind driver to alert him or her about his or her mistake.
Consider adding fog lights
It is also very important to take into account that you should NEVER use your high-beams in the fog since your high-beams would be shined back at you, which in turn obscures your vision of the road more than if you do not use any high-beam lights at all.
Reduce your speed during your night drive
Ensure to take frequent breaks during your night driving
Moreover, frequent breaks would sometimes give you opportunities to relax, to contact with people and things that you would not have during day time. For example, there are many unique night-life-activities in almost all big city centers. Even in rural areas, there are some unique late-night “flavors”. If you need to drive for a long distance at night, you should have ample opportunities to stop and enjoy those activities. In fact, the National Safety Council recommends that you should stop every two hours to rest. Doing this will make your driving more interesting and safety simultaneously.