Safety tips for driving after dark

Driving at night or when visibility is low can lead to serious and sometimes life-threatening collisions.  That’s why California motorists must take caution when driving at night, which can be accomplished by using the following safety tips.

Popular Mechanics provides information on how to stay safe when driving at night. Adding fog lights to a vehicle is one method of increasing visibility during foggy conditions. These lights are positioned low to the ground to reduce glare, which can harm not only the driver in question but also imperil any oncoming motorists. Fog lights are helpful in other situations as well, as they cover a greater distance than conventional high beams.

What goes on inside a vehicle can also impact visibility at night. To this end, dimming interior dashboard lights can reduce the amount of glare making its way into a driver’s eyes in low-light conditions. Too much glare will make road obstacles less visible, including any animals that might stray into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Certain types of glasses, specifically those with yellow-tinted lenses, can also negatively impact night-time driving ability. The only glasses that should be worn while driving at night are those necessary for vision correction.

The National Safety Council also provides night-time driving tips, such as ensuring headlights are aimed correctly and are free of any dirt or debris. Fatigued driving is another significant threat to those traveling at night. Taking turns behind the wheel is highly recommended when at all possible. Otherwise, drivers should take rest stops at least every two hours to prevent fatigue from setting in.