7 Tips to Drive Better at Night

Most people just aren’t as comfortable driving at night as they are driving during the day. Restricted visibility and late hours can affect any driver of any age. It’s not surprising the rate of accidents increases after dark, but it is surprising that more than half of vehicle related deaths happen after dark. Being a safe driver means being able to confidently maneuver roads whether it is day or night. We’ve come up with 7 simple tips to improve your driving at night.

1.) Adjust Your Headlights

When driving at night, one of the quickest ways to improve your vision is to adjust your headlights. Often our headlights are pointing too far to one direction and you may not even be aware. If you think your lights aren’t illuminating enough of the road, bring them to a professional or check them yourself. You can adjust your headlights by parking in front of a wall and moving your lights yourself. If you are unsure how to adjust the lights yourself, bring them into our service department and our friendly technicians will adjust them for you.

2.) Clean Your Lights

Over time road dirt and grime builds up on headlights, be sure to take special care to clean all external lights on your vehicle. One handy trick for cleaning your headlights is to use toothpaste to clean them. Remember, being seen at night is nearly as important as seeing where you are going. Some older vehicles have plastic headlight covers that tend to yellow with age, replace your yellowed headlight covers and you’ll be seeing like new again.

3.) Turn on Your Lights During Twilight Hours

When driving at dusk you may believe that you’re easy to see, but actually without lights some cars can blend in to the background. Use your lights during these hours to make yourself more visible to other drivers.

4.) Watch the Right Side of the Road

If you find yourself being blinded by another driver’s lights, focus on the right side of the road. This will give you a guide to know where your car should be, as well as block some of the light blinding you. On many roads there is a white line painted on the right side of the road making it even easier to guide yourself through the night.

5.) Get Enough Sleep

Your eyes have to work harder after dark to differentiate shadows and signs, if your mind is fatigued too, it can easily lead to accident. Be sure your mind, and eyes, are well rested before beginning a late night venture.

6.) Don’t Drink and Drive

This should go without mention, but we feel compelled to bring it up anyways. Alcohol slows your reaction time and relaxes your body. This increases your chances of falling asleep behind the wheel. In an intoxicated state, it would be more challenging to maneuver turns, judge the distance and speed of other drivers. The simple solution for this situation is to have a designated driver. Be mindful that drinking and driving is more common at night, so continue to drive defensively.

7.) Watch for Animal Eyes

This tip is helpful if you find yourself driving down a lonely stretch of country road. Always keep an eye out for retina reflections in the dark. Those eerie red reflections are often spotted long before the body of the animal comes into sight. We recommend slowing until you safely pass the animal. If you swerve to try to avoid the animal, some animals might follow your headlights and you’ll hit them anyways. Keep in mind that larger animals such as deer, or large dogs, can cause serious damage to you or your vehicle.

When you put these 7 tips into action, you’ll be surprised how much easier it is too drive at night. If you still find that night blindness plagues you, it is best to ask a more confident driver to drive after dark.