Your depth perception, ability to distinguish color, and peripheral vision are worse in low-light conditions. If you do not regularly drive at night, you are at a higher risk for experiencing fatigue. Roadway lighting is often very poor and in most rural areas lighting is very limited.
Here are 6 tips to ensure your night driving safety:
- Keep your windshield clean. A dirty windshield can create glare and make it harder to see.
- Always use your high beam headlights when possible. Increase your chances of being able to see as far as possible.
- To ensure your vision, avoid looking directly into the lights of approaching motor vehicles. Try to focus on the fog line of the roadway and avoid staring into the bright lights.
- Dim your instrument panel lights and keep your dome light off. Too much illumination inside your cab diminishes your ability to see clearly outside your cab.
- Watch for wildlife. Often you can see the reflections of headlights in an animal’s eyes long before you can see the animal itself. Pairs of tiny bright spots in the distance are a clear warning that an animal is in front of you, therefore slow down.
Stay alert and always reduce your speed during hours of darkness.