Useful Tips for Driving Safely in the Dark

Tips and checks for driving safely at night.  

Ah, fall. The season is here and the nights are drawing in. That can only mean one thing: driving in the dark. Commuting to and from work in the dark is not only challenging, but it can be dangerous. No matter how well you think you know a road, driving in low visibility introduces a new set of challenges. To help, we’ve rounded up some essential tips to ensure you drive safely at in the dark.

  • Allow more time for your journey. Driving under pressure and in the dark is a recipe for disaster.
  • Check that all of your lights are clean and in working order – including your front and rear lights, and high beams.
  • Make sure all of your windows are clean to avoid glare and condensation.
  • Be aware of pedestrians and cyclists who can be hard to see in the dark.
  • Leave plenty of stopping distance between yourself and the vehicle in front.
  • If you can, dim your dashboard lights and turn off all interior lights to reduce internal reflections and glare.
  • Turn on your headlights an hour before sunset and keep them on an hour after sunrise for best visibility.
  • Avoid using high beams when there are cars in front of you and oncoming vehicles.
  • If an oncoming driver dazzles you, stay calm and avoid looking straight into their headlights.
  • Keep scanning the road ahead looking for signs of wildlife. Slow down in areas where wildlife is known to roam.

These tips can help you to drive safely in the dark. Work with a team of professionals who have your best interests in mind. Contact the team at McCarty Insurance to get started on your tailored auto insurance coverage.

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