Driving is something most people eagerly want to do. Any teen will tell you that they can’t wait to get their driver license, and be able to get in a car and drive anywhere they want. Having their own car means complete independence and not having to rely on the bus or someone else to carry you around town. It’s a great event and many look forward to the day where they can finally turn the key in the ignition. Of course, before that can happen, you need to pass your driving test to get your permit.
However, most driving tests focus on your knowledge of the road, along with how you drive in normal conditions, which usually mean during the day. Anyone who’s driven at night knows that things change drastically once you get on the road and everything is dark. Compared to driving in the day, driving at night is more dangerous because of several reasons:
- Your vision is severely limited at night, so your ability to judge distance is greatly reduced.
- Glare from other vehicles’ headlights may temporarily blind you.
- More people who are tired or who are driving under the influence are likely to be on the road at night.
There are a lot more issues to think about, and problems that may occur which you didn’t prepare for. Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts for driving at night.
1) Adjust Your Vision: First, it’s important not to panic when driving at night. The shock of first getting behind the wheel and trying to get going in the same way you’re used to when everything is dark can be unnerving. You see a lot less in front of you and especially to the sides, and if you come from inside, you may even need to wait a moment and let your eyes adjust to the new lighting conditions. So when you get in your car, don’t take off right away. Make sure you look around you and see whether you can safely drive away.
2) Turn Off Interior Lights: At night, the lack of lighting is a problem that can be remedied in various ways. Make sure you always use your car lights, and keep the interior of your car darkened. That means avoid using interior lights when you’re driving, because it will make things a lot harder to see outside.
3) Use Proper Light Settings: You should keep the normal car lights on, and when you’re in a road where there’s no oncoming traffic, you can use your bright lights. Learning when to use those bright lights and when not to, in order not to blind the oncoming drivers, is key to driving at night, especially on the highway.
4) Be Extra Careful: Another thing to remember is that at night, you will likely have less traffic to deal with, but the other drivers may be more susceptible to doing unexpected maneuvers. Many people go to bars or parties at night, which means the amount of people who are driving drunk or high increase by a lot. You need to be a lot more careful when driving at night. You should keep extra distance between vehicle ahead and behind you to make sure
5) Avoid smoking when you drive: Smoke’s nicotine and carbon monoxide hamper night vision. Needless to say,
As you can see, driving at night is very similar to driving during the day, but there are a few key differences, and things you need to be careful about. Do use your car lights at all time, but do not use the bright lights when there’s oncoming traffic. Do make sure your eyes adjust before you get going. Do be careful about other drivers, especially anyone who acts erratically because they might be drunk. And finally, do make sure you come back alive by avoiding to drink and drive yourself.