Tips for driving safely at night

headlights in motion on a winding, dark road

How to stay safe while driving after dark 

Every year, Daylight Saving Time foists an extra hour of darkness upon us, meaning that the sun begins to set around 5:00 pm. That means that many drivers will be spending the bulk of their time on the road shrouded in darkness. Driving after dark can be tricky, and there’s a lot that can go wrong. If you want to stay safe on the road when it is dark out, here are some tips to help you safely reach your destination.  

Of course, there are somethings you should always do when you’re behind the wheel, like forgoing texting or using your phone and making sure that you aren’t too tired to drive. However, when you’re driving at night, there are other factors to consider. That’s why it is important to slow down in the dark, since there are many nocturnal animals that will be out and about, which you may not be able to see, due to decreased visibility.

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Increasing visibility while driving in the dark

Car driving on an asphalt road with headlights on at night with the moon in the background
In the dark, your vision is reduced, even with headlights. Driving with your high beams on will help increase your field of vision from an estimated 250 feet to 500 feet. However, it is irresponsible to drive with your high beams on all of the time, as they can be blinding to other drivers on the road. Even without the high beams on, there are things you can do to ensure that your headlights are performing to the best of their abilities, like making sure that they are clean and not cloudy. 

Another way to increase visibility is to clean your windshield to eliminate streaks and make sure that your windshield wipers are in good condition, in case there is precipitation.  You should also remain alert to the temperature of the interior of your vehicle, as having it too hot or too cold can cause the windshield to fog, making it harder to see. If you’re worried about any aspect of your vehicle, schedule an appointment and bring it by Sanders Ford, where our experts can make sure that everything is in perfect condition.

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