May 24 2018

Safety Tips For Driving At Night

Driving At NightAs the sun goes down and visibility decreases, the level of danger increases when you’re driving on the road. Research by the National Safety Council and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that fatalities occur at three times higher at night, compared to driving during the daytime. Considering only a quarter of all driving is done at night, more than half of all driving deaths actually occur at night. Continue reading for a few important safety tips for the next time you are driving after twilight.

Slow Down And Give Plenty Of Space

There are plenty of factors that come into play when driving at night that will decrease your line of sight and reaction time, and it will be even more important to not follow the car in front of you too closely at night. Give yourself plenty of room and time to act if something unexpected were to occur. Following the car in front too closely may also distract the other driver or even make them nervous, and your headlights can limit their visibility. Be considerate, and be safe.

Keep Your Eyes Moving

Along with giving yourself plenty of room to react, be on the lookout for other lights and movement. With little to no light outside, drivers won’t be able to see debris, animals, or even children playing by the road until they are way too close. When checking mirrors, drivers should check for any other lights on the road.

Dim Your Dashboard And Avoid Staring Into Oncoming Lights

While you should be vigilant for any lights, make sure not to stare directly into the headlights of an oncoming car. Your eyes will try to adjust to the bright lights in that moment, which can cause temporary blindness when you turn your attention back to the road. In a similar line of prevention, make sure to dim your dashboard lights. If they are too bright, they can be a distraction and prevent you from seeing clearly outside the car.

Stay Awake, Or Don’t Drive

Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Unfortunately, many drivers continue to drive in this exhausted state, and it could lead to serious consequences and harm to yourself and others. When you’re tired, it’s hard to pay attention to the road, and drowsy drivers can nod off while at high speeds and veer into other lanes or off the road. We highly encourage drivers to be self-aware and take care of themselves if they are tired. Pull over to a safe area and take a nap, or grab a coffee or energy drink as needed.

Maintain Your Headlights

When it comes to your vehicle, your headlights are the most important aspect of driving at night. Headlights help you see in front of you, and they make you visible to other traffic. However, their effectiveness is weakened if your headlights are dirty or if one of them are burnt out. As a preventative measure, we recommend regular inspections and maintenance of all vehicle lights.

Clean Your Windshield And Back Window

Visibility is the most important theme of driving at night. Your headlights and line of sight will be severely hampered if your back and front views are smudged and dirty. Wash and wipe down the inside and outside of your windows regularly. Make sure your windshield wipers are working and fluid topped off.

Contact Us For Any Questions and Repairs

At Kirmac Collision & Autoglass, we want all of our customers to be safe when they drive during both the day and night. We provide auto collision and glass repair services to keep your car as safe as possible for you on the road. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or swing by one of our 18 locations in Vancouver and BC Lower Mainland areas.