It’s obvious that driving at night is more difficult than during the day. Not only is it more difficult, but it is actually more dangerous. While less people are on the road after dark, this is the time when most traffic deaths occur.
The difficulty and risk that comes with driving at night will make some people try to avoid it when possible, but the fact is that there will always be times when you need to drive after the sun has gone down.
To make sure that you are doing what you can to stay safe on the road at night, you need to take some steps to ensure that you can see well. You might not be able to control what other people do when they get in their cars at night, but by being responsible, and taking a few steps, you can significantly reduce the chances that you will have an accident or a mishap when you are driving after dark.
Keep Your Windshield Clean
This seems like an obvious step, but far too many people fail to clean their windshields as often as they should. As an additional point, it is usually during the day that we clean our windshields. When we get done wiping it down, it might look as clear as can be, and you will not notice any issues when you are driving during the day. However, when you go to drive at night, you might notice streaks and residue that was left behind. At night, this can cause glare that will make it hard to see when you are driving.
Maintain Bulbs and Lenses for Headlights
You always want to make sure that you have working bulbs in your headlights, and you want to clean the lenses when you take the car in for a cleaning. If your bulbs are out or dim, this will limit your ability to see when you are driving at night, and if the lenses are dirty, it will reduce the reach of your headlights. In addition to that, you want to make sure to maintain all of your lights. Your headlights are important for your ability to see, but the lights in the rear make it so other drivers can see you. It is just as important to be seen as it is for you to be able to see.
Aim Your Headlights Properly
You will find that many cars have improperly aimed headlights. It is even common with new cars that have just come off the dealer’s lot. There is a specific level to which your headlights are supposed to be calibrated, and this is to ensure that you can see enough of the road ahead. If you want to aim your headlights properly, there should be instructions in the owner’s manual. If you do not think that you can do it on your own, you can find an auto mechanic that will do it for you. It could be a good idea to ask your mechanic to aim your lights when you take the vehicle in for a tune-up.
Dim the Lights on Your Instrument Panel
When lights are bright inside the car, it can hinder your ability to see well outside the vehicle. Your dash lights do have a dimmer, so you should use it. By turning them down, your eyes will have an easier time adjusting to the darkness, and this will make it easier for you to see when you are driving at night.
Don’t Look Directly at Oncoming Traffic
At night, you are going to have headlights coming toward you from the opposite side of the road. You want to avoid looking directly at oncoming traffic because the headlights can temporarily blind your night vision.
Keep Your Eyes Out for Animals
We live around all sorts of animals, and many of them only come out at night. Some of these animals can be hard to see in the dark, and hitting one or being surprised by one that seems to appear out of nowhere, can be a real hazard. With many of these animals, you will be able to see the light from your headlights reflecting from their eyes before you see the animal itself. If you can spot their eyes earlier, it will tell you that there is an animal in or near the road, and this could help you to avoid an accident.
Different types of glasses can be a real issue when driving at night. Some people use tinted lenses in their prescription, and fail to change to standard lenses when they drive at night. You also have the specialized glasses that claim to be able to help the driver see better in the dark, but they have been proven to actually reduce visibility. If you need prescription lenses, you should wear them when you drive at night, and you want to avoid wearing glasses that have any kind of tint or shading. As an additional point, you can buy special lenses for your prescription that will reduce glare.
Driving at night can pose additional risks that would not be there during the day. Even when you do everything to make sure that you can see as well as possible, your ability to see will never be as good at night as it is during the day. As a final point, if you want to drive safely at any time of the day, you want to make sure that your vehicle is well maintained. At night, this can be especially important because of the reduced visibility. In the dark, you will see hazards later than you would during the day, so you are likely to have less time to react.
For a full service auto center in Yuba City, bring your car to Quality Auto Point S. We can do all the repairs and maintenance that your car will need, and we can help to make sure that your car is safe for driving at any time of the day.