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As the Summer Sun Starts to Fade Safety Should Not! A driver’s vision is more limited during darkness and can have an impact on a driver’s depth perception and peripheral vision. The glare from headlights of oncoming traffic or from the rearview mirror and limited headlight illumination can also have a significant impact. Driver fatigue can also affect a driver’s reaction time, awareness and judgment. Below are some defensive driving techniques that can help to improve your ability to drive in the dark. Keep windows and headlights clean and use them appropriately Turn on your headlights one hour before sunset and use them for at least one hour after sunrise. This will make it easier for other drivers to see you in early twilight. Be sure to clean the inside and outside of your windshield and windows, as well as your headlights/taillights. Avoid glare If an oncoming vehicle has their high beams on and is impairing your vision, avoid glare by watching the right edge of the road and using it as a steering guide. Proper mirror positioning will also help to reduce glare from the vehicles behind you. Eye movement Scan the roadway. Look for flashes of light at hilltops, curves and intersections that may indicate the headlights of other vehicles. Increase your following distance and reduce speed Maintain a speed that is appropriate for the reduced visibility of night driving. You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area from your headlights. Daylight Change out Time Pay a little more attention. It’s time to fall back and with that comes less daylight hours and earlier darkness. Before you know it, it’s dark when you leave work. This will contribute to reduced visibility on the road and sometimes driving conditions that you may not immediately recognize. Even if you are driving a route that you are used to driving, pay special attention to other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and be on the lookout for any animals that may cross your path Prevent fatigue Take rest breaks every few hours on long trips. Be sure to get a full 7 to 9 hours of sleep before driving at night. Stop and get rest if you are too tired to drive. Ensure that there is proper ventilation inside the vehicle and keep the temperature cool, but comfortable.
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