A big part of driving safely is being able to see the road and your surroundings clearly. In fact, most of your reaction ability while in the driver’s seat is dependent upon seeing clearly. Driving can be challenging enough, but once the sun goes down it becomes even more difficult to see. Not only are you less attentive than during the day, you also have decreased peripheral vision, color, and depth perception.
When driving at night, you need to be aware of things around you. Some tips for dealing with nighttime changes include:
- Slow your speed: While you always want to drive the speed limit, night driving may call for even slower speeds. This enables you to swerve or stop quickly if something occurs on the road.
- Keep glare to a minimum: This occurs much more while driving at night, when headlights reflect off of roads or wet surfaces. Nighttime glare makes it difficult to see and is dangerous to you and other drivers on the road. When wearing glasses, consider No-Glare lenses. Crizal® lenses offer clear vision at night and UV protection during the day, giving you the best eyesight all hours of the day.
- Leave extra space: At night, it is important to keep a safe distance from other vehicles. As with driving slower, this gives you time to react and make better choices if something unexpected were to happen.
- Keep your windows clean: Smudges on your windows may not be terribly noticeable while it is light out, but at night they can obstruct your driving. Headlights from other cars, combined with smudges and streaks, can cause a glare or other driving distraction. When you wash your windows, make sure to wipe them inside and out.
- Adjust your eyes first: It can take up to five minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to being in the dark. Take a little time in your car before driving off so you feel more comfortable and prepared.
- Turn off the inside lights: If you have the interior lights on in your car, this makes it harder to see outside. In order to cut down on the brightness, make sure all of your inside lights are off, or at least dimmed.
Driving at night can be dangerous, but there are plenty of ways to help ensure your safety, as well as the safety of those riding with you or driving near you. When your vision is decreased at night, these simple tips will help keep you alert and cautious.