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Driving at Night & When the Time Changes

​​​​​​​​D​riving 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.​​​​

12/10/2020 10:02 AM