Adjusting your driving to the weather and time. Do not try to drive the same speed at night that you do by day you should slow down.
You see less at night and so do other drivers. Be sure that you can see clearly in your head lights. Be extra alert to pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles.
Things to Remember When Driving at Night:
- It is best to turn your headlight on at sunset. Do not blind other drivers with your headlights. Use your high beams only in open areas when other cars are not closeby.
- Dim your lights by switching the low beams as a vehicle comes toward you. If you are following another vehicle, switch to low beams when you get closer.
- Night driving is difficult. Try to slow your speed while driving.
- Give enough room and space to vehicles ahead of you.
- Drive as far as possible from the center lane divider if a vehicle with only one light comes toward you.
- When driving a brightly lit place, drive slowly until your eyes adjust to darkness. Avoid looking directly into the glare of incoming headlights. Watch the right edges of your lane, noting the position of the incoming vehicle out of the corner of your eye.
- Do not wear sunglasses when driving at night.
- When in the act of overtaking or passing at night, switch to high beam then back to low, warning the driver you wish to pass.
On long drives, keep awake and alert. Do not drive if you are tired or sleepy. Stopping often, fresh air and singing or conversation can help avoid drowsiness.
If you get too sleepy, park at the shoulder of the road and take a few minutes nap.