Some drivers may prefer driving at night to avoid the scorching heat during the day and traffic jams.
However, driving at night is not the same as driving during the day. Your visibility will be more limited at night and, in turn, expose you to risks of accident.
When driving at night, you will have to solely depend on the car and street lights. Without the lights, it will affect your visibility and driving.
For the safety of you and other road users, Bjak will share a few useful tips for driving at night.
Check your headlamps
Before driving, ensure that your headlamps are in good condition. Additionally, make sure that the headlamps are in the correct position.
If the headlamps are positioned too low, this may limit your visibility when driving at night. On the other hand, if the headlamps are positioned too high, this will endanger drivers from the opposite direction. The glare may affect the driver’s vision and ability to control their driving and possibly result in a collision.
Wear bright-coloured attire
Car damage can happen at any hour. Wearing bright-coloured attire is thus important in emergency situations such as when your car is stranded by the road or when you assist other road users.
By wearing a bright attire, you will be more visible to other road users and, in turn, avoid accidents. Furthermore, it will also be easier for emergency personnel to notice you should an accident occur to you.
We recommend wearing red or yellow when driving at night.
Do not drive while you are sleepy
A lot of fatal accidents occurred due to microsleeping. If you start to feel sleepy, please take a break at a gas station or R&R area nearby. Take a nap and get some rest before continuing your journey.
Please do not drive while you are sleepy as you will endanger yourself and other road users.
Use high-beam headlights appropriately
As a good driver, you will also need to be considerate of other users while you are on the road.
Using high beams inappropriately will affect the vision of drivers from the opposite direction due to glare. This will also affect their driving.
Ideally, use high beams when it is dark and there is no car on the opposite direction. Immediately turn off the high beams if any vehicle from the opposite direction is approaching.
Rest for every 2 hours
If you have a long journey, you are encouraged to rest for every two hours. Get fresh air, do some stretching and get food and drinks to refresh yourself.
Bear in mind that exhaustion can negatively affect your driving and potentially lead to an accident.
As such, ensure that you are in the best state to drive. It is okay to arrive at your destination later so long as you are safe.
Avoid travelling alone
Driving a long distance on your own may lead to boredom and distract your focus.
Ideally, ask a friend to accompany you. Occasionally chatting with a friend can help you stay alert on the road.
Find topics to chat with your travel buddy so your journey will be more fun and safer too.
Whether it is driving at night or during the day, please be a considerate driver.
Follow our tips above when driving at night, especially if you are still new to driving. Please do not risk yourself and other drivers.
Remember this: Safe driving saves lives.