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Advice on safe night driving

When you take your driving lessons, they will probably happen during daylight hours, as indeed will your driving test. Therefore night driving, can come as something of a shock for learners and newly-qualified drivers.

Our Top Tips to Improve Your Night Driving Skills

Here are some top tips for safe night driving to prepare you for your first experience of venturing onto the road after dark.

Take Extra Care

Many serious road accidents occur at night, possibly because visibility is reduced and drivers’ perception of distance and speed can be impaired.

During the winter months when it gets dark early, watch out for cyclists and pedestrians making their way home from work. As I always stress to my students, when a driver is dazzled by oncoming cars it can be all-too easy to miss a bike, even if the rider is wearing hi-visibility clothing.

Make sure you allow cyclists plenty of room when overtaking, just in case they hit a pothole or a grid in the road that they haven’t seen in the dark.

When driving in rural areas, be aware that wild animals might run across the road. Wildlife may be dazzled by car headlights and just stand transfixed in the middle of the road as you approach, so take heed of any warning signs and moderate your speed accordingly so that you can stop comfortably if necessary.

Take Extra Care

Many serious road accidents occur at night, possibly because visibility is reduced and drivers’ perception of distance and speed can be impaired.

During the winter months when it gets dark early, watch out for cyclists and pedestrians making their way home from work. As I always stress to my students, when a driver is dazzled by oncoming cars it can be all-too easy to miss a bike, even if the rider is wearing hi-visibility clothing.

Make sure you allow cyclists plenty of room when overtaking, just in case they hit a pothole or a grid in the road that they haven’t seen in the dark.

When driving in rural areas, be aware that wild animals might run across the road. Wildlife may be dazzled by car headlights and just stand transfixed in the middle of the road as you approach, so take heed of any warning signs and moderate your speed accordingly so that you can stop comfortably if necessary.

Light Show

Always check that all your lights are working before you set off.

They also need to be clean, so wash off any dust and grime. While you’re washing your lights, wash your windows too; dirty windows fog-up more quickly than clean ones and can also increase glare.

In unlit areas, use your full beam to give you maximum visibility, but remember to dip your lights when another car approaches. If you find yourself being dazzled, focus on the left-hand kerb and keep your speed steady.

Night Training

It’s a good idea to invest in a few extra night driving lessons, even after you’ve passed your test. It can be very reassuring to have an experienced driver in the car with you for your first few night drives, especially if you plan on using busy roads, such as motorways.

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In Conclusion

Night driving is a skill that requires practice. Take note of the tips given above, and invest in a few night time driving lessons with a qualified instructor from Retro School of Motoring to give you extra confidence before you venture out on your own after dark.

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  1. One must take caution when driving at night. It is important that you have a good quality headlights in order to get a better view of the road. Driving safely must be your main priority and it see to it also that you follow every road signs to avoid accidents at night.

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