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Safety Tips for Night Driving

It doesn’t matter what time of day you choose to get behind the wheel — you should always strive to practice safe driving techniques. However, you may find this statement to be even truer during evening hours. Once the sun goes down and you find yourself driving in the dark, you may find the task of being in the driver's seat to be somewhat difficult. If you feel as if this declaration applies to you, then you may try testing the following safety tips:

Don’t Stare Into the Light

This may seem obvious, but it's also completely true: you should never stare into the lights of oncoming traffic. Bright lights can negatively affect your concentration at night. It's very easy to become distracted and look at a bright road sign or the headlights of a vehicle coming toward you. Turn your eyes away from these distractions and stay focused on the road.

Clean the Exterior Mirrors

Before you get into your vehicle to drive at night, you should make sure all of your exterior mirrors are clean and appropriately adjusted. Once you get behind the wheel and begin your journey, it will be that much harder to stop and make changes. It's important to be able to view cars behind you, without being blinded by their headlights.

How Are Your Eyes?

While driving (specifically in the dark), it's important to make sure your eyes don't get fatigued — you don't want to fall asleep at the wheel. To avoid this, you may try to keep your eyes moving by scanning all around your field of vision. The worst thing you can do is to keep focused on one object or area.

Check the Wiper Blades

Your wiper blades need to be completely up to par. Depending on where you live, you could experience inclement weather conditions, such as rain, fog, and other types of mist. If your wiper blades aren't appropriately cleaned and properly working, how do you expect to fully see out of the windshield? Don't risk an accident — check your vehicle before you start driving.

Do Your Part to Stay Safe

While traveling, there are few actions that are out of your control. However, there are several factors that you can control, like the examples listed above. While driving (particularly at night), make sure to do your part to stay safe on the road. If every driver is aware of his or her own actions, fewer accidents are likely to occur.


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