Driving During The Darker Nights
Who else enjoyed that extra hour in bed on Sunday? We know everyone at Insure 24-7 did! But did you know a new study shows the numbers of a traffic collision increases by 30% during the first month after the clocks go back, between the hours of 5pm – 8pm? Coincidence? We think not!
Driving in the dark reduces visibility and increases the difficulty of judging speed and distance. As the nights get longer Insure 24-7 want to make sure our customers stay safe, here is our tips on driving in the dark:
- Give drivers more space on the roads.
- Be extra vigilant of cyclists and pedestrians.
- Allow extra time for journeys.
- Get your eyesight tested regularly.
- Never wear sunglasses or tinted glasses when driving in the dark.
- Keep your headlights on 1 hour before sunset and 1 hour after sunrise to make it easier for other drivers to spot you.
- Make sure all exterior lights work and they are clean.
- Keep interior lights off.
- Make sure you can stop within in the distance you can see to be clear.
- Use full beams on rural roads as much as possible, however if approached by another vehicle dip the lights to make sure they aren’t dazzled.
- Make sure your windows are clean.
- Take regular breaks to avoid tiredness as more than 4,000 drivers admit to feeling tired more quickly because of the darker nights.
- Reduce your speed.
- Use the cats eyes on the roads, they help you to know what’s coming up and where on the road you are.
- Don’t smoke, as the smoke clouds can block visibility.
Make sure you conduct regular maintenance checks on your vehicle during the darker nights so you are as safe as possible on the roads. If your car has broken down during dark hours, pull over to the left if possible, press the emergency lights, turn on your cars dome light and contact your breakdown service provider.
Insure 24-7 recommends you have in your vehicle a torch and high visibility jacket to make yourself more visible in the event of a break down.