• News and Resources – Driving at Night

  • ​The National Safety Council recommends the following:

    • Prepare your car for night driving. Clean headlights, taillights, signal lights, mirror faces and windows once a week. (All windows should be cleaned on the inside as well as the outside.
    • Have your headlights properly aimed. Misaimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
    • Don't drink and drive or consume any medications which warn about operating a motor vehicle while taking them.
    • Avoid smoking when you drive. Smoke's nicotine and carbon monoxide hamper night vision.
    • If there is any doubt, turn your headlights on. Lights will make it easier for other drivers to see you. Being seen is as important as seeing. (Daylight running lights are only 60% power. At night, you need the full strength of the headlights as well as the tail and marker lights.)
    • Reduce your speed and increase your following distances.
    • When following another vehicle, keep your headlights on low beam so you don't blind the driver ahead of you.
    • Avoid glare from oncoming bright headlights by watching the right edge of the road and using it as a steering guide.
    • Make frequent stops for light snacks and exercise.
    • If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible. Turn on flashers and the dome light. Stay off the roadway and get passengers away from the area.

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