Autumn is fast approaching and the nights are already drawing in. Driving down road with your windows open and the top down is a thing of the past for another six months as the cold months begin to take a firm hold.
It’s not just our windows we need to raise, though, we also need to raise awareness when driving at night. There is little debate on driving at night being more dangerous. This is due to reduced visibility and it being more difficult to judge the distance and speed of other vehicles on the road.
This is the time of year when having a great deal on your car insurance is key. The UK roads are rife with road accidents every night, so to help you avoid trouble, Cuuver is here with some of our life-saving tips for road safety at night.
Dim your dashboard lights
Having lights blaring across your dashboard while driving at night results in a lot of unnecessary and distracting reflections on your windscreen and side windows, which can result in a crash. This doesn’t mean you should turn off the lights on your speed clock and other vital pieces of equipment, but you should turn down the brightness – all cars give you the option to do this.
Other road users may not be taking precautions to drive safely at night, so it is best to give other drivers a wide birth. You should never bee too close to other motorists, cyclists or bikers, but in winter it can be difficult to gauge the distance and speed of others, so it is always best to be vigilant.
Invest in de-icer and keep your windows clean
We are entering into the time of year where car windows frost over and dead leaves accumulate under the windscreen wipers, so it is essential you equip yourself with methods of keeping your car clean and clear. It’s a good idea to keep a can of de-icer and a scraper in the back of your car for the cold and frosty night trips you may need to take, as well as a cloth for wiping down the windscreen to remove leaves and other foliage.
Pay extra attention…
… to both cyclists and pedestrians. Night driving doesn’t mean night vision, and cyclists and pedestrians are even more vulnerable in the winter months. While any responsible cyclist will equip their bike with lights and wear a high visibility jacket at night, motorists should still be extra vigilant to ensure they are a safe distance away from cyclists on the road, as well as pedestrians crossing the road.
Affix some fog lights
The clue’s in the name – fog lights are ideal for foggy conditions in day or night. These lights spread lower than a standard beam, helping you to see in foggy conditions. They are also not as startling as a full beam, making them safer to other drivers.
Set off sooner
Allowing more time for your journey means you will not be stressed out and driving in a hurry, which can result in a serious accident.
Keep your eyes moving
This is a rule of thumb for all year round, but it’s especially important that you keep your eyes moving at night. You should be constantly be paying attention to traffic both in front of and behind you; check your rear-view mirror, your wing mirrors just as much as you look out of the front window.
This should not be constructed as advice and is guidance only.