5 Tips for Driving in the Dark
It’s that time of year once more when driving to and from work takes place in the dark, and even the school run occurs in the murk of twilight. Research shows that November through to February is also the period when serious road accidents spike – so extra vigilance is required.
Country Vehicles is located in Shefford, in the heart of rural South Bedfordshire. Many of the roads surrounding us are poorly lit, so driving during the winter around here requires a completely different set of skills from those employed throughout the summer. We want our readers to be safe, so we’ve come up with 5 night driving tips to minimise the risks of driving in the dark.
1. Are Your Eyes Up to Driving in the Dark?
A twisting country lane, in the rain on a winter’s night is not the place to test your eyesight. If you have any concerns about your vision, we recommend getting your eyes checked sooner rather than later. Drivers with tinted prescription glasses will need a clear glass pair for use when driving at night.
2. Keep Night Driving to a Minimum
Driving in the dark requires heightened levels of concentration, and acute awareness of any unexpected hazards. It’s tiring work, which is why it’s a good idea to keep journeys short. If you have to drive a long distance in the dark, take regular breaks and stop as soon as you experience any symptoms of tiredness.
3. Keep Your Windscreen Clean
Running out of screen wash fluid in the daylight is annoying; at night it could be the cause of an accident. Top it up regularly, you use far more in winter conditions, so don’t take any chances with it. The other critical check for night driving is your windscreen wipers; if they’re not doing their job properly, get them changed.
4. New to Night Driving
If you haven’t savoured the delights of night driving before, don’t hesitate to ask a more experienced driver for some help. There’s nothing natural about hurtling through the darkness at high speeds with headlights, streetlamps and traffic lights dazzling your eyes. Alternatively, you could take a ‘night driving’ course before heading out.
5. Is Your Car Roadworthy?
The key checks at this time of year are:
The lights and indicators you can check for yourself, although a willing volunteer to save you running back and forth is useful. If you think your brakes need checking, book your vehicle in with the Country Vehicles team for a brake service.
Using Your Local Garage to Stay Safe
We don’t have extreme weather often during our winters, but we do experience poor driving conditions consistently at this time of year. At Country Vehicles we believe in looking out for local drivers and helping to keep everyone safe at this time of year. If you have any worries about your vehicle, just pop in and ask us to check it out. We’re a friendly bunch; we may even make you a cup of tea!
If you would like to book in a brake service, or a full vehicle service with Country Vehicle in Shefford, call us on 01234 381555, contact us online, or simply call in.