How to Drive at Night With No Street Lights

Driving at night where there are no street lights can be hazardous with little experience.


Here are some tips to help you drive safely.

Steps

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    Don't be afraid. driving at night is no scarier than driving in daytime, you just have to keep your wits about you.
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    Put your lights on. You will need to be able to see where you're going, so use your main headlights, only use full beam headlights when you need to see further ahead (for example, when you are at the front of a queue of cars) and always remember to turn them off when another car is coming towards you or when someone is in front of you, full beams can dazzle other road users.
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    Deal with oncoming cars. When a car is coming towards you keep your eyes as far to the left as possible, this will prevent you from being dazzled.
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    Keep an eye on road markings. Your headlights will not illuminate too far ahead of you, so you need to be constantly aware of where you are in relation to the road markings. Look ahead for clues of upcoming obstacles for example, a car ahead braking, this could indicate a corner, or some other hazard ahead.
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    If in doubt, slow down. This will give you more time to react should a hazard arise. Be careful not to drive too slowly as this will cause a hazard to other road users.
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    Keep a clear head. try not to become distracted by things going on around you, doing so will increase your reaction time.

Tips

  • Switch to full beam headlights where possible, this will give you an almost full view of the road ahead.
  • Don't speed, speeding gives you less time to react, and on dark roads, this makes speeding become much more dangerous.
  • Don't be nervous, driving on the road without confidence can be more dangerous than driving with too much confidence.
  • If someone has their full beam headlights on coming towards you, flash your full beams at them, this should alert them and cause them to turn theirs off.
  • Don't look into other cars lights. This will dazzle you and reduce your visibility.

Warnings

  • Check your lights regularly. Nobody wants to be out driving only to find their lights don't work when night falls.
  • Stay at a reasonable distance from the car in front of you, not only does this help prevent accidents, it will also allow any overtaking cars to move in if an oncoming car presents a hazard while they are overtaking.
  • Don't dazzle other road users. Make sure to turn off your full beam headlights when they would affect others.
  • Don't drive tired. Driving tired at any time is dangerous, however at night, it becomes even more hazardous at night as visibility is greatly lowered.

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