Tips for safe driving in the dark

Tips for safe driving in the dark

With morning and evening fog expected, it’s important to keep your windows clear of ice and frost. Use a good quality windscreen washer fluid, and keep the reservoir topped up.

As you will be using your dipped headlights more often, it’s important to make sure they are working properly. The same applies to all other lights, indicators and tyres too – so make sure you check the tread depth regularly. If anything needs replacing, do so as soon as possible. A spare set of light bulbs is a worthwhile investment.

Automatic headlamp systems don’t always put dipped headlamps on in foggy weather, so you may need to switch them from an auto to manual setting. Remember, you don’t need to wait until it’s completely dark before you switch on your dipped headlights – you may need to use them in reduced daylight conditions as well.

Where there are no street lights, or you are driving on an empty stretch of road in seriously reduced visibility, switch on your full beam to help you see further ahead. However, don’t use your full beam during the day, even in poor visibility, as you risk dazzling other road users.

Look out for vulnerable road users in the dark, including motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. Take particular care when driving near schools in the late afternoon when children are travelling home – see and be seen at all times.
Pedestrians are not easily spotted when they wear dark clothing. Keep your eyes peeled and avoid speeding when your vision is reduced in dark and/or bad weather conditions.

Keep an eye out for reflective road signs and motorway studs that help you drive in poor light. Use them to guide you on your journey.

Judging the speed of other vehicles can be difficult in the dark, so increase the distance between you and the vehicles in front. If you can’t see ahead, slow down to give yourself more time to react to potential hazards.

Wednesday 16th November 2016