According to the National Safety Council, the traffic death rates are three times greater at night than the day. Driving at night is more difficult than driving during the day because the driver has to pay more attention. Here are some tips that one must be keep in mind before going for a night drive.
*Prepare your car for night drive:
Before going for a night drive make sure that the headlights, taillights and signal lights are clean and working properly. Ensure that the windows and windshield are clean because the dirt deposited on them may reduce your visibility.
*Make a safety check-up:
Regularly check tire pressure, fluid levels and brake pads. Ensure that all the doors are locked and roll up the windows. Also make sure that the wipers are in good condition and the windshield wiper tank is full.
*Avoid driving distractions:
Do not drink and drive as it impairs your visibility. Avoid smoking in the car, as smoke's nicotine and carbon monoxide hamper night vision. Never use your cell phone while driving.
*Be a good driver:
Driving too fast is very dangerous at night because it not only further reduces your visibility but also reduces your reaction time in case of an emergency. Keep a distance apart from the car in front of you. This will give you more space and time to react in case the car in front of you does something unexpected.
*Keep your eyes healthy:
The more your age, the lesser is your viewing capability at night. Its suggested that every person under age 40 should checkup your eyes every three years, for those under age 40 must checkup their eyes every two years and those who reaches 60 should checkup annually.
*Be alert in the case of emergency:
In case of a breakdown park your car off the road and put on the hazard lights and parking lights to alert other drivers about the presence of your vehicle.
*Avoid switching interior lights:
Keep all interior lights off because the light inside the car will seem very bright and will make it more difficult to see.
*Avoid using high beam lights:
Avoid flashing your high beams at another vehicle as it will affect the visibility of both drivers and resulting in higher chances of an accident. Always use low beam while driving in the fog and use fog lamps as well if your car is equipped with them.
*Be alert of the wild life:
Wildlife is most active at night. Pairs of tiny bright spots in the distance are a clear warning that an animal is in front of you down the road. Keep alert in areas likely to be populated by wildlife, such as country roads or national parks.
*Take frequent refreshment breaks to relax:
As the night driving is more tiring than day driving, ensure that there is good ventilation inside the vehicle. Take frequent breaks to reduce fatigue and improve concentration.
Let's have a safe night drive..
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