How to drive safely in the dark​ 

As we approach winter one of the most noticeable things that have changed is how dark it is getting earlier in the day. Which means we are often driving home from work or running errands in the dark. 

Driving in the dark can be more challenging, and some people do not like doing it. However it is often unavoidable, Tates have put together some handy tips to help you drive in the dark.

Use your lights.

Probably the most obvious and the most important is to use your lights. Make sure that your lights are on as soon as it starts getting dark for you to be able to see the road in front of you. It also allows other driving and nearby pedestrians to be able to see you too. It is essential to check that all your other lights are also in proper order such as your brake lights as this too will alert drivers who might not be able to see you very well that you are slowing down.

On unlit roads, you should use your high beam to be able to get a better view of the road especially when you are going down country roads that often twist and turn. However, you should only use your high beam if there are no other cars in front of you or coming the other way as you could impair their vision and cause an accident.

If it is foggy and dark, then it is essential to use your fog lights as they will help you be able to see. However, if it is foggy outside it is advised to avoid driving if possible, as accidents happen more often.

Keep your windows clean.

Grubby windows or those that have a build up of condensation can impair your view of the road even further. It is crucial that you keep your windows clean and if they steam up, set your air conditioning/ heater to the windscreen setting and blast it or wipe the inside of your window with a cloth or tissue.

Take regular breaks.

Driving in the dark usually means that you are driving late at night or very early in the morning so you will most likely be tired. The bright lights from the road can also make you feel tired as your eyes strain to see. A lot of accidents are caused by fatigue, so not taking breaks can put you and others at danger. It is suggested that drivers should stop at two-hour intervals and for at least 15 minutes.

Carry break down essentials.

It is good to be prepared for an emergency in any condition, however in the winter as it is much colder and darker, it is even more critical. We suggest to keep these items in your car at all times:

  • Blanket
  • Food and Water
  • Torch
  • Spare Tyre

  • Ice-Scraper or de-icer
  • Basic Tool Kit
  • Basic First Aid Kit

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