Now the clocks have gone back, I reckon it’s time to share my advice with riders and drivers who will be travelling in the dark this winter.
Remember, travelling in the dark requires motorists to take extra precautions, and my tips will help you get through those gloomy mornings and dark nights.
Squeaky clean windows
It’s always best to check your windscreen, rear window and side mirrors are clean before starting your journey. Visibility is obviously poor in the dark so clear your windows of any ice or mist to help you see what is going on around you.
Switch it on
Use your headlights so you can see other people on the road and they can see you. When visibility is poor, use the headlights of the car ahead of you to guide you with driving on the road – this will help you see further ahead. Check your lights regularly and make sure they are working correctly.
When you are driving on a road without street lighting you should switch on your main beam. It shows you what is ahead and will help you identify both dangers and opportunities better. However, to avoid dazzling other road users you should dip your lights.
Optimal vision driving
If you’re required to wear glasses while driving make sure you wear them in the dark, and keep a spare pair in your glove compartment. To ensure your night vision is not affected any further avoid looking directly at other vehicles lights – let their lights simply guide you to see further ahead. Simply look to the side of them to see past them, rather than at them.
Reflective road signs and motorway studs are designed to help you drive in poor light. Use these to help you see ahead and show you the direction of the road.
Keep your distance
Do expect street lights to be switched off in the early hours of the morning and be prepared to increase your stopping distance. Judging the speed of oncoming vehicles is harder in the dark – reduce your speed and watch out for dazzle on dark sections of the motorway.
All that might sounds a bit obvious…. but if my words of wisdom help to save just one person from getting hurt, then it was worth the effort!