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6 Tips To Avoid A Collision At Night
Driving at night is a different story compared to driving during the daylight hours. Unfortunately the field of vision your eyes experience is limited at night because there isn’t a lot of help from natural light. If you are concerned with your ability to drive at night, the tips below should help reduce collisions and boost your confidence level.
One of the most effective tips to avoid a collision at night is to ensure you aren’t in a hurry. Taking your time to get from point A to point B is the best form of night driving. Give yourself enough time to drive safely and to take in all of your surroundings. Going slower gives you extra time to react to anything unexpected.
It is also wise to allow your eyes time to adjust to the darkness before you put your car in drive. Waiting for your eyes to dilate, letting in all the light available should only take a minute or two.
Keeping all of your interior lights turned off in your vehicle when driving at night will allow you to see better. Any bright light illuminated in your vehicle makes it more difficult for you to see what lies ahead, which is a recipe for an accident. That includes phones, movies and other handheld devices.
It can be hard for your eyes to recover from the glare other’s headlights put out increasing your chance of an accident. Oncoming headlights can be so intense you are convinced their “brights” are on, when truly it is just their regular headlights beaming. When headlights are approaching it is smart to look to the bottom right of the road to minimize the glare. Also, switching your rearview mirror to the night setting will deflect some of the glare from the vehicles driving behind you.
Regular maintenance for your car can be surprisingly helpful when you drive at night. Having clean and clear headlights, taillights, blinkers and windows are vital for safe night driving. It is also important to keep your tire pressure, fluid levels and brake pads in supreme shape.
Lastly, it is recommended to never drive when tired or even drowsy. When you aren’t fully aware or awake, the likelihood of getting in an accident increases tremendously. If you do experience drowsiness, pull over to get some vital sleep.
To keep yourself and others safe, it is important to make sure you are doing everything you can to avoid collisions.
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Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. Share his enthusiasm at car care blog.
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