Driving at night
Night driving requires more concentration because changing light conditions can cause impairment of vision and depth perception. Here are a few extra things you can do to prepare yourself when driving at night:
Before you get on the road:
- Make sure you conduct checks on your vehicle
On the road
- Always drive with your headlights on.
- Make use of your high-beams when driving on unlit roads
- Dip your lights for oncoming cars or when following other cars
- Avoid looking directly into oncoming headlights – they can blind your vision
- Keep your eyes trained on what is happening around you, and try not to focus your vision on one point for too long
- Keep an eye out for pedestrians, cyclists and animals – they can be hard to see at night
- Increase the distance between you and the car in front. This will give you more time to spot any hazards and react
Information in this article was adapted from the RAC website.