For some of us, driving at night is a chore, for others it is a pleasure because the roads are more free. For both categories, driving the car at night brings a surplus of fatigue, and the senses are much more demanded than daytime driving.
At night, the degree of danger increases, the risk of accidents being three times higher than during the day. For most drivers, the ability to perceive deep, color recognition and peripheral vision are diminished at night.
Then, during the night, we rely on the headlights of the car and it is extremely important that they work perfectly. The passing of a normal car lights between 30 and 60 meters and the long beam can reach the best cases at 200 meters, but it can not always be used in order not to hurt the other road users.
Before starting off at night, here are some useful tips:
Check the headlights of the car.
Replace incandescent lamps if they exist for both headlights and stop lamps. At night it is important to be noticed by the other participants, so do not go with the traces of the burned or dirty car. Also, keep a set of spare bulbs in the car.
Adjust the headlights correctly.
If you’re not happy with how you knock on your car’s headlights, they’re probably broken. A visit to a specialized service can solve this problem. Some cars have an automatic headlamp adjustment system that adjusts the light cone depending on the machine’s load. If your car is not equipped with such a system, you can manually adjust the height of the headlights for the best effect. Also, if the car is older, it is possible that the headlamp glass is swept away. If necessary, a headlamp can solve this problem.
Clean the glazed surfaces very well.
If a dirty windshield does not bother too much at night, at night the eye will observe all traces of dirt on the windscreen. It is extremely important for it to be clean both on the outside and on the inside. Avoid touching the windscreen with your fingers and wipe it with a window and paper cleaning solution. If necessary, even a newspaper’s paper can be used. Do not forget the side windows, the exterior mirrors and the rear window.
Reduce the illumination of the dashboard.
Most cars are equipped with a system that reduces the illumination of the dashboard. At night, it’s good to keep the instrument panel out of the way, as it can distract the eye, and the eye will adapt to the light inside and will make the details of the darker road harder. If the car allows certain items on the dashboard, the central display can be extinguished at night.
See the reflections in the eyes of the animals.
Long-haul through wooded areas or fields is the risk of collision with an animal. The eyes of the animals reflect light and their observation can give you the time to brake in time to avoid collision with an animal.
Do not look directly into the headlights of cars coming from the opposite direction.
A look thrown directly into the headlights of the car coming from the opposite direction means a longer adjustment time for the eyes.
Use fog lights without disturbing other traffic partners.
Fog lights can only be used when visibility is seriously affected by fog. Their role is mainly to be seen by other road users. Do not forget that fog lights are extremely disturbing to other drivers and do not forget them if the visibility is good again.
Do not drive tired.
At night, fatigue will be faster, because the senses are required more. Monitor your fatigue and try not to look at a fixed point, but to constantly scan your way. If fatigue increases, it is extremely important to stop and sleep. Even 30 minutes can do wonders for tiredness.