Driving in The Dark

Now that September is here, Fall is right around the corner. With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, you may find yourself driving at night more often than usual. Statistically speaking, you are more likely to get into a collision at night due to a number of factors ranging from an increase in distractions to a decrease in vision among drivers. Below are some tips to help keep you safer at night, and to be more aware of your surroundings in the dark.

  • Dim Your Instrument Panel and Dashboard Lights
    • One potential factor that can hinder your nighttime driving abilities is having a dashboard that is too bright. This can cause your eyes to not adjust properly to see in the darkness ahead. Your vehicle’s dashboard comes with a dimmer switch for a reason. Turning the switch down will cause a noticeable difference in how far you can see ahead of you and it will ultimately keep you safer.
  • Don’t Stare at Oncoming Lights
    • When driving in the dark, it is human nature to be drawn to any source of light. The major issue is that sometimes the light source is an oncoming vehicles headlights. Sometimes drowsy drivers can slightly veer toward a vehicle coming in the opposite direction, thus causing a major head-on collision. Next time you find yourself possibly becoming distracted by another vehicles headlights, try looking forward and keeping your eyes on the road in front of you.
  • Clean Your Exterior Mirrors
    • Your mirrors are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle, and it is extremely important to keep them clean. If your mirrors are dirty, another vehicles headlights can appear wider and distorted enough to cause a glare in your eyes. Try keeping a towel or some spare napkins in your car to wipe down your mirrors occasionally; this will help keep you and others around you safer in the dark.
  • Keep Your Eyes Healthy
    • Possibly the most important aspect if nighttime driving is your own eyesight. Make sure you’re not straining your eyes at to drive at night. If you find your eyes feeling fatigued, just take a quick moment to glance around at your surroundings or even your dashboard to give them a break for a brief moment. This will help keep your eyes alert and less fatigued. Consult with your eye doctor to make sure your vision is at its healthiest, and to see if you need glasses to assist your eyes when driving.

If your vehicle is damaged in any way from a nighttime incident and in need of repair, contact the members of Your Hometown Body Shop today!