May 2012

Safety tips for night driving

Safety tips for night driving
  • Be sure all your exterior lights work properly. Keep windows and headlights clean.
  • Be courteous when using your lights. Don’t flash your high beams at drivers who have their high beams on – this only increases their inability to see.
  • Avoid the glare of high beams from oncoming cars by keeping your eyes to the right side of the road and using it as a steering guide.
  • In fog, use low-beam headlights if your car is equipped with them.
  • Increase your following distance and reduce your speed. It is much more difficult to judge another car’s speed and distance at night.
  • Make frequent stops, as needed. If you’re too tired to drive, stop at a safe point and get some rest.
  • Keep your eyes moving. Look beyond your headlights. Scan areas around you for patches of light that may signal other cars.
  • Keep the air cool inside the car by keeping a window open or the air conditioning on. As temperatures increase above 27°C, the body experiences loss of concentration and loss of efficiency in mental tasks.2
  • Given the increased attentiveness needed to drive at night, focus on limiting all elements that may distract you while driving. (see: Distracted driving = risky driving)

Night driving doesn’t have to be intimidating. If you drive carefully and use your headlights properly, reaching your destination shouldn’t be a problem.

1 National Safety Council, 2009.

2 Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/phys_agents/heat_health.html.


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