Top 10: Night driving tips
Driving at night can be daunting prospect, especially for new drivers who may not have driven in the dark during their lessons.
Here are our top tips for safe night driving:
1. Plan your journey in advance.
2. Response times are likely to be much slower at night than they typically are during the day so make sure you increase the gap with the car in front up to 5 seconds to give you extra time to react to any situations.
3. Check that all the lights on your car work before setting off.
4. Take greater care looking out for pedestrians, be extra vigilant around pubs and clubs at closing time as you're likely to spot a few intoxicated people stumbling around!
5. Never wear dark or tinted lenses.
6. Turn your headlights on before sunset and keep them on for an hour after sunrise so that it is easier for other drivers to see you during twilight.
7. On rural roads, drive on full beam whenever possible but dip your lights when faced with another road user to avoid dazzling them.
8. Make sure your car windows are clean, inside and out. Dirty windows will increase glare from other vehicles and are also more prone to steaming up.
9. Read the road ahead for signs of oncoming drivers – glimmers of light at the top of hills and at bends could be the headlights of other vehicles, giving you prior warning.
10. Schedule stops for a rest at least every two hours on long journeys.
Finally for lone drivers it is advisable to...
11. Keep your doors locked and the windows either closed or mostly closed when driving. This will prevent unsavoury characters reaching in to your belongings or to the door's unlock button.
12. Choose a parking space in a well-lit area near the building's entrance. Try to avoid parking next to large vehicles, windowless vans or vehicles with tinted windows.