Night Driving Tips
— March 15, 2018
Whether it’s a holiday or a long weekend, many of us take to the roads for a bit of a break to that favourite camping ground, beach or fishing spot.
Some of the driving to get to your destination may occur at night, on country or rural roads – these roads are normally unlit and dark, and require extra care when driving. With this in mind here are a few tips to make sure you have a safe and pleasant night drive.
The Top 10
- First thing’s first
Any road trip should be preceded with a vehicle inspection – checking all lights should form a part of this check.
- Keep it clean
Ensure your windscreen and all mirrors are clean. Dirty mirrors can cause glare and diffuse the shape of vehicles travelling behind you.
- Carry spare globes
Globes should form a part of your vehicle’s spare parts list, they’re relatively inexpensive and you’ll be thankful you have them handy if you ever need to use a spare.
- Adjust your rear view mirror
This will help reduce the headlights from those behind you creating glare through your mirror.
- Don’t stare directly at oncoming lights
Other vehicles’ lights, especially high beams, can momentarily affect your vision leaving you temporarily blinded.
- Dim your dash panel lights
If your instrument cluster lights are too bright they can distract from the road ahead and reduce your outward visibility.
- Take breaks
Driving at night requires a lot more concentration which can be draining. To limit fatigue, take regular breaks to let your eyes recover.
- Keep your eyes moving
Scanning your eyes around your field of vision rather than focusing on one area will help reduce fatigue.
- If foggy don’t use high beams
High beams can reflect off the fog and actually reduce your visibility. Drivers who regularly travel in foggy areas are well advised to invest in a set of fog lamps.
- Add auxiliary lighting
Every vehicle can benefit from additional or upgraded lighting. Depending on your requirements, your vehicle can be improved by fitment of more lights or perhaps a globe or headlamp wiring upgrade.
From everyone at Narva - stay safe on the roads.