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Top tips for driving at night [infographic]

Published on: 16 April 2014

Did you know that traffic death rates are three times higher at night than during the day?

Yet many of us are unaware of night driving's special hazards or don't know effective ways to deal with them. Driving at night is a bigger challenge than most people think – and it is more dangerous.

90% of a driver's reaction depends on vision, and vision is severely limited at night. Depth perception, colour recognition, and peripheral vision are compromised after sundown.

Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken to minimise after-dark dangers. Arrive Alive suggests the following:

  • Prepare your car for night driving. Clean headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows (inside and out) once a week, more often if necessary.
  • If there is any doubt, turn your headlights on. Lights will not only help you see better in early twilight, but they'll make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Reduce your speed and increase your following distances. It is more difficult to judge other vehicle's speeds and distances at night.
  • If an oncoming vehicle doesn't lower beams from high to low, avoid glare by watching the side of the road, then look quickly ahead to determine the other vehicle’s position. Keep doing this until you have passed the other vehicle.
  • Get into night time driving mode as soon as the sun goes down. Twilight is one of the most difficult times to drive, because your eyes are constantly changing to adapt to the growing darkness.

For more useful tips check out the infographic below.

Some tips for driving at night - be safe out there