Driving at night poses more risks than in the daytime for several reasons, including reduced visibility and less alert motorists. The biannual time change also creates challenges for commuters. Here are some important reminders:
Headlight Use Reminders
- Switch headlights from high-beam to low-beam for approaching vehicles.
- If an approaching vehicle does not dim its lights, remind the driver by blinking the high beams once.
- Keep lights on low beam, even if the oncoming driver does not do likewise.
- Stay to the right and use the edge of the road as a guide.
- Reduce speed and avoid looking directly into the headlights of oncoming traffic.
- Be sure headlights, brake lights, turn signals and emergency flashers are working.
- Keep the windshield clean to improve visibility. Allow time to defrost or defog, if necessary, before driving.
- Be alert for bicyclists and pedestrians on the roadside and at crosswalks.
- Use the car's sun visor or wear sunglasses when the sun is at a low angle and producing a glare.
- Use the night setting, if available, on rearview mirrors to avoid glare from other headlights.
- Be well rested, take breaks as needed, and avoid driving when feeling drowsy.
- Never leave headlights on when parking along the road — they can blind drivers of oncoming vehicles. Instead, turn on the emergency flashers.