Hi, I’m Jerry Reynolds, host of the Car Po Show with some tips on driving after dark, since nighttime driving can be one of the most dangerous activities you do on a regular basis.
Almost 50 percent of all deadly car accidents occur at night and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fatalities on the road occur at a rate three times greater at night than during the day.
But there’s no reason that night driving has to be unsafe.
Driving After Dark Safety Tips:
- Make sure both vehicle headlights work. If not, replace them both to avoid having one light stronger or weaker than the other.
- Check headlight housings and lenses. Make sure they’re clean, clear, and aimed correctly. If your headlights look severely cloudy or foggy most auto part stores sell buffering kits that can help.
- Make sure headlights are aimed correctly. Instructions can be found in your owner’s manual. Never blind oncoming traffic.
- Keep vehicle windshield clean. It might seem like common sense, but it makes a huge difference in night driving.
- Don’t stare into oncoming headlights which can disrupt driver concentration.
- Drive with dash lights on dim. Maximum lighting can compromise your forward vision.
- Keep your headlights on one hour before dusk and one hour after dawn
- Stash a roadside emergency kit in vehicle equipped with jumper cables, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, roadside flares, a quart of oil, and a multi-tool or miniature toolkit.
- Never drink and drive.
- Stay alert and bring a driving buddy, especially on long road trips where fatigue is a concern.