Driving at night are entirely different from driving during the day. At night – everything is black, without colour and contrast – drivers vision and depth perception are affected significantly as well.
The licensing laws in your state or territory, requires learners to record a minimum number of hours of night driving, since the rate of car accident increased significantly when the sun goes down so much more effort is required for those that drive during the night. Look at the tactics of dealing with unfamiliar situations for tips on preparing yourself mentally.
Below are some suggestions for improving your vision and night driving ability. You can also talk to a parent / supervisor or your driving instructor and learn from their experience as well as advice.
Tips on Driving at Night
- Before driving off somewhere, make it habit to check that all external lights are working properly (front and rear brake lights and high beams), and make certain that all windows and lights are clean (inside and outside). Dirty windows can add shine and impair vision, making it difficult to see, dirty lighting can significantly reduce your efficiency in driving
- Avoid using high beams when it is foggy – it will reduce your ability to see and may temporarily blind other drivers.
- Avoid flashing high beams at another vehicle with their high beams on – this will affect other driver’s visibility and prominence.
- Adjust the rear-view mirror to avoid another vehicle light reflecting, most days / night mirrors can be tilted slightly to reduce glare.
- Avoid the use of light in your vehicle while driving – if you need to look at the map, pull safely on their first trip.
- Keep your eyes moving. Look for flashes of light – on top of hills, curves and intersections Road – which could show the lights of other cars.
- Increase the crash avoidance space to make it easier to see potential dangers and give you more time to react.
- Night driving requires a lot of concentration, can be exhausting. To prevent fatigue, taking regular breaks to give your eyes a chance to recover.