Tips for Driving in the Dark

As darkness falls, so does your ability to see on the road. Your depth perception, ability to distinguish color, and peripheral vision are all worse in low-light conditions. That’s why we’re bringing to you 5 tips on driving in the dark!

Dim Your Instrument Panel and Dash Lights
Did you know that if you drive around with the dash light on max, you can be compromising your forward vision? That’s why cars come equipped with dashboard dimmer switches. Racers take nighttime driving very seriously- in fact, endurance racers and rally drivers cover their dashboards with black felt to avoid stray reflections.

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Know What to Look for
On dark back roads, animals are everywhere. An encounter between wildlife and your car can result in injury, to both your car and the animal. A quick tip: You can often see the reflections of your headlights in an animal’s eyes long before you can see the animal itself. If you see pairs of tiny bright spots in the distance, this is a warning that an animal is in front of you or down the road.

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Don’t Stare at Oncoming Lights
This may seem like a no-brainier, but bright lights can seriously disrupt your concentration at night. Inside the car, your eyes are used to the dim glow of the instrument panel and the dark road ahead. When an oncoming car’s headlights are gleaming, it is easy to become distracted without even realizing it. Turn your gaze away from other lights on the road, and don’t look at oncoming high beams.

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Wipe down Your Windshield with Newspaper
Windshields that appear clean during the day may reveal streaks that can cause glare at night. A detailer’s trick is to polish glass with newspaper to remove residue. Try not to touch the inside surfaces of your windshield, side windows, or mirrors with your hands, even if it is to wipe off mist. The oil from your skin will smear, and light will glare when it shines through any place where you touched the glass.

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Clean and Adjust Your Exterior Mirrors
Dirty mirrors reflect the lights from cars behind you in a wider, diffused shape that can produce glare in your eyes, so we suggest you give your mirrors a wipe down frequently. Aim your exterior mirrors so that you can move your head out of the path of lights reflected in them.

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Do you know any other tips for driving in the dark? Share them with us below!

Guilty: Embarrassing Car Moments That Happen to Everyone

No one is perfect; we all make mistakes and have imperfections. But when caught, those mistakes can be quite embarrassing! Here’s a list of embarrassing car moments that can happen to anyone!

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  1. Leaving your turn signal on, for miles and miles after that right-hand turn.
  1. Cutting someone off in traffic by accident. The mirrors aren’t lying, objects in mirror ARE closer than they appear.
  1. Not realizing the light has turned green. You may have been to busy daydreaming, but don’t worry, the blaring horns behind you should get your attention back on the road.
  1. Messing up while parallel parking, multiple times. You might have mastered it during your driving test, but remember, you parked in between cones, not cars.
  1. Realizing you left your morning coffee on top of your car. By that incident, it shows you really needed that coffee.
  1. Getting caught dancing and singing to your favorite Beyonce song. Just make sure when you dance and sing at the top of your lungs, keep your cool at stoplights.

Which one of these embarrassing car moments have happened to you!?

Five Safety Features Every Vehicle In North Huntingdon Should Have

Traction Control (TC) Systems

The traction control is also known as ASR or Acceleration Slip Regulation. This is especially useful for Pittsburgh drivers, when the roads are slippery and wet in the harsh winters. When the driver moves at an accelerated speed, this feature will help cope with the torque. The result is that friction of the tires against the pavement will be reduced.

Automatic Headlights

When driving at night, with little to no light, it is important to be cautious of your surroundings. You won’t be able to clearly see other vehicles around you. Instinctively as an experienced driver, you may turn on the bright headlights. In some updated cars nowadays, however, you don’t have to do this manually. A lot of newer car models have light sensors that detect the necessity for more light.

Tailgate Step

Tailgate steps are needed for all truck owners who are relatively older and those who have a hard time getting on the back of pickup trucks.

Anti-Lock Brakes

When you often jam the brakes, you may find the anti-lock braking system a lifesaver as the car uses electronic controls to stop your wheels from locking. So without rotating, you can steer around with longer braking distance even while applying maximum brake force. Same as the TC systems, these anti-lock brakes are more effective when driving on slippery roads. Keeping them handy gives the benefit of steering around obstacles during emergency braking.

Airbags

Airbags are essential in any car to avoid injuries when driving. When head-on collisions occur, airbags protect your head and chest as they provide buffer by instantly inflating during a frontal collision. There are also side airbags that protect your upper body, and these are deployed when there’s impact on the sides.