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.
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.
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.
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.
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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