Previously, I shared Tips for Driving in the Dark in order to keep you and loved ones safe. For this post, I will talk about importance of speeding down when driving at night. This is specifically important when driving on country roads, where nocturnal creatures can just jump out of nowhere.
Get your eyes tested
- Driving during daytime is just a breeze because it’s bright and sunny. However, when it turns into night, the roads can be tricky to traverse. There are times when you have to adjust the lights to clearly see. There are also instances when you need to reduce the light levels.
- Driving at night can make you realize that you can’t properly see the traffic signs. This could also mean that you may have an eyesight problem. It is best to check when a licensed optometrist because they are authorized to examine the eyes and see defects if there are any.
- If you are having problems driving at night, you should probably see an optometrist. Your optometrist can correct the abnormalities and recommend you a specialized glasses fit for your condition.
- Remember, when driving at night, it’s hard to see people especially if they are dressed up in dark clothes. Cyclists can be difficult to see if they are not equipped with reflective clothes.
Don’t drive when you are sleepy
- Seasonal changes can alter your sleep patterns so if you haven’t had enough sleep, don’t insist on driving. Your melatonin levels will be higher than usual, making you sleepy. So, you will be feeling more bleary-eyed.
- Driving when tired endangers your life and the lives of others. This can be harmful as drinking and driving. If you find yourself feeling drowsy, please stop and visit a rest area to get a quick nap.
- If you are planning a long travel, schedule trips to some rest areas and gas stations. Do this every couple of hours and grab a cup of coffee while you’re at it!
Practice your night-driving skills
- If you are confident driving after dark, you might need a little experience. There are driving schools that offer evening classes. You might want to tell your driving instructor this so that you can practice more night driving, and eventually, gain confidence. Time to brush up your driving skills before winter sets!
Don’t forget to bring some driving essentials!
- Whether you drive more during the day or night, it is important to be prepared. If your car breaks down, leave your hazard warning lights on so people will know you need help.
- Pack some essentials in case of emergency. What do you need? A flashlight. It will be useful when you car breaks down and you need to inspect the tires or the engine. It is best to get a rechargeable headlamp so that you can freely use your hands to change tires.
- A warm blanket is also necessary in case you get stranded somewhere. You may need some power bank to keep your mobile phone charged and call for help. Of course, don’t forget to bring some snacks.