Night driving can be a very different experience from driving in daylight. Firstly, your vision is reduced so it may be more difficult to judge distances or see other road users, such as cyclists. Secondly, if you're driving during night time hours you may be more prone to tiredness and feel less alert. With this in mind, undertaking a lot of night driving could put you more at risk of accidents and costly car insurance claims.
Here are a few tips to help you drive responsibly at night.
- Check all your lights are working efficiently, including hazard lights and fog lights. It's a good idea to clean them regularly to achieve maximum visibility.
- In urban areas make sure you use a dipped beam. Full beam can be used on other roads at night but remember to dip your lights if there's on-coming traffic. A full beam can dazzle other drivers.
- Take plenty of rest breaks to help avoid over-tiredness. If you feel very sleepy it's always best to find a safe place to stop for a few hours, or even stay somewhere overnight.
- Be prepared for the unexpected and reduce your speed accordingly if your visibility is limited.
- If taking a long journey, try to share the driving with someone else. Make sure both drivers have sufficient car insurance to drive the vehicle.
- If parking at night, try to use a well lit area, park close to the kerb and keep a safe distance from any junctions.
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