Night Terrors: 10 Steps To Help You Drive Safer At Night

Driving at any time of day comes with certain dangers. But, night driving comes with a whole new set of dangers. To help you drive safer at night, we’ve put together this list of helpful tips for you to follow. 

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  1. Make Sure Your Headlights Are On & Working
It may sound like a simple step, and it is, but people forget to do this often. Your headlights are key to ensuring your safety on the road while night driving. 
  1. Make Sure Your Windows Are Clean
At night, your awareness has to be sharp. To make sure you can be as alert as you need to be, make sure your windows are clean. So, be sure to clean them periodically and always double check them before driving. The same goes for your headlights and taillights. 
  1.  Be Extra Aware Of Other Drivers
At night, it can be hard to see ahead on the road you’re driving along, let alone the other vehicles on it. Make sure you’re awake, alert, and always prepared for an unexpected pedestrian or car on the road. As mentioned, not everybody follows the first step on this list. So, a car without headlights may not be visible until it’s right in front of you. 
  1. Watch Out For Joggers & Cyclists
When driving at night, you’re likely to encounter somebody out for a late night jog or bike ride. Often, cyclists and joggers will wear reflectors or blinking lights to make drivers aware of their presence. However, not all of them will be wearing these and if you’re not paying enough attention, it’s easy to not see a jogger even if they’re wearing something bright or reflective. 
  1. Keep An Eye Out For Animals
Much like joggers and cyclists, it’s likely that you’ll encounter wildlife while night driving. Unlike the joggers or cyclists, animals are not likely to wear reflectors or blinking lights.  
  1. Don’t Speed
You shouldn’t speed at any time of day but it is particularly dangerous at night. This is because of the reduced visibility of you and the other drivers on the road. 
  1. Keep A Good Distance Between You And Other Cars
Because of your reduced visibility, there may be a situation in which you have to hit your breaks suddenly. If this happens, keeping a good distance between you and the other cars on the road can help make sure you don’t accidentally hit into anything or anyone after breaking. 
  1. Use Your High Beams Only When Necessary 
Your high beams are extremely useful when driving at night. However, you should only use them when you have to. If you’re driving down the street of a well-lit area, your normal headlights should do the trick. 
But, if you are driving through a dark forest with no or few drivers on the road, those high beams can help. Be wary of having them on when a car is coming towards you though, because your high beams may be dangerously blinding for the other driver. 
  1.  Make Sure Your Sight Is The Best It Can Be
If you plan on doing a lot of night driving now or in the near future, you should see an eye doctor to make sure your sight is the best it can be.
  1.  If You Pull Over, Make Sure You Are Visible To Other Drivers
Much like the late night cyclists and joggers, you need to make sure that you are visible to other drivers if the time comes in which you have to pull over and get out of your car at night. Putting your car’s Hazard Lights on is a good way of doing this, as well as wearing bright or reflective clothing.  
If you apply these tips to your late night driving, they may help you drive safer at night and minimize the likelihood of something happening on the road. Need more information about  insurance coverage tips? Our agents and customer service representatives are here to help. Call us today at 1-888-949-6289 or visit your nearest Insurance Navy location
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