According to the National Safety Council, traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day. Yet many of us are unaware of night driving's special hazards or don't know effective ways to deal with them. Driving at night will always be difficult because the driver’s vision is compromised because of the lack of light.
Here are some tips to make night driving as safe as possible:
- Aim your headlights. Also, make sure headlights are properly aligned. Askew headlights can diminish road coverage and blind oncoming traffic.
- Dim your instrument panel and dash lights
- If an approaching car is using its high-beams, don't look directly into the oncoming headlights—look toward the right edge of your lane. Watch the oncoming car out of the corner of your eye.
- Clean and adjust your exterior mirrors and windshield
- Keep your eyes healthy. Eye exams are recommended once every three years for drivers younger than 40; every two years for drivers between 41 to 60; and once a year for drivers older than 60. If you have perfect vision but have trouble seeing at night, simple glasses with anti-reflective lenses could help. Don't wear your sunglasses at night.
- Keep headlights, tail lights, signal lights and windows (inside and out) clean
- When following another vehicle, keep your headlights on low beams so you don't blind the driver ahead of you
- Look for signs of oncoming traffic. Watch for headlight flashes when approaching hills or hairpin curves