The Department of Transport in the United Kingdom wants to restrict amateur drivers from driving at night. This is because of data which shows that one in five drivers are involved in a car crash within one year of passing the driving test.
Other changes and restrictions include enforcing a minimal period to learning how to drive and not allowing people to drive with underage passengers.
This is meant to tackle the high accident rates in England. In the United States, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Drivers between the ages of 16-19 are thrice as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash.
These fatalities can be easily prevented if teens follow the right strategies and learn defensive driving.
Here are some tips on driving at night so you can be a more responsible driver.
Adjust your headlights
Look up the manual which will help you aim your headlights correctly. Even if you own a brand new car, you might have headlights which are lower or just not even. It might take a few tries to get it right, but it will allow you to be able to see a lot better while driving at night.
Also clean them regularly to get rid of grime that maybe causing obstructions in your vision. Some headlights may dim over time and you need to get the bulbs changed.
Adjust your instrument panel
Most cars have dashboard dimmers which can dim the light that hits you directly in the eye. Dimming these lights also helps to reduce reflections onto the windshield and makes it easier to see in the darkness.
Other lights that can be a distraction include map lights or the ones in your phone. Switch off all dashboard LEDs as well especially when driving long distances.
Clean your windshield
An unclean windshield can be less bothersome during the day but cause glares at night. Always clean your windshield before driving at night. Go over it thoroughly with a wet newspaper. Similarly, you can wipe off fingerprints off all rearview mirrors and side windows.
Avoid staring at oncoming lights directly
When driving, keep your eyes fixed on the road at all times. Avoid looking at any road signs or brightly lit advertisements. It might be tempting to look straight into the high-beams of cars in oncoming traffic. But this can cause you to lose focus.
Get your eyes checked regularly
If you’re experiencing any visionary problems, make sure that you visit an eye doctor. Driving at night while you are fatigued can also take a toll on your eyes. Optometrists advise that you keep your eyes moving regularly and to avoid focusing on one area. Scan your field of vision to exercise your eyes.
Teens and adults in Texas can learn how to drive and practice defensive driving at Champions Driving School. It’s important for teen drivers to educate themselves about driving responsibly. Contact us at (832) 934-3077 for more information.