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Top Tips for Driving in Reduced Visibility

Published on: 31 March 2015

Did you know that you are three times more likely to be involved in an accident on the roads at night than you are during the day? Due to a reduction in visibility and a greater risk of falling victim to theft and hijacking, driving at night has become something of an art.

Caution is key. Also take precaution to ensure that you have reliable vehicle insurance! This is because no matter how careful you are, accidents can and do happen. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Slow down

Even if you are an experienced driver with 20/20 vision, you should always slow down when driving at night. At the very least, be sure to stick to the speed limit.

Be more aware of other drivers

There is a higher chance of drunk drivers being on the roads in the evenings, so be extra alert as the sun goes down! Drunk drivers behave spontaneously and irrationally, resulting in nasty accidents and some serious damage if the other driver doesn’t keep his or her distance.

Do not stare at headlights

The headlights of oncoming cars can be blinding, especially if you have sensitive eyes. In order to avoid blurred vision, never look directly at the lights. Also, to be a more courteous driver, do not drive with your brights on unless absolutely necessary.

Turn bright lights off when driving in fog

Fog limits visibility even more than the darkness does, and while it will probably be your first instinct to switch on your bright lights so that you can see better, these lights actually have the opposite effect. The fog reflects the light back at you, thus making it even more difficult to see what’s ahead. Use your vehicle’s fog lights.

Concentrate

In order to ensure that you avoid accidents and mishaps, it is incredibly important to concentrate at all times when driving - especially at night. This, however, can take a toll if you are driving long distances. Make sure that you take frequent breaks and stretch your legs so as to stop fatigue from kicking in. It might also be a good idea to travel with another licensed driver so that you can take turns at the wheel.

Stay awake

An obvious suggestion when driving, but definitely an important one nonetheless! If you are driving a far distance and you are alone with nobody to engage with, turn up the radio and sing along. By keeping your mind and body active, you will have less chance of falling asleep at the wheel. If in doubt, stop driving and rest. Check into a hotel and get a few hours of shut-eye. Never, ever drive when you are dangerously tired as this can result in slower reflexes and can thus be just as hazardous as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Keep an eye out for animals

Most animals are more active at night, with many of them roaming the roads after the sun sets. By keeping to the speed limit and looking out for any ‘glow in the dark’ retinas, you can avoid a disaster and make it possible for you and the little critter to arrive home safely.

As already mentioned, even if you do follow this advice, there is always a chance that something could happen to your vehicle whilst on the roads. For affordable and reliable car insurance, contact MiWay today for a quote.

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