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As the Summer Sun Fade think night time driving


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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
                  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
                                             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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