Driving At Night
Reed Berry (Driving Expert) gives expert video advice on: How can I make my car safer for night driving?; What should I do if I can't see because of an oncoming car's high-beams? and more...
Is driving more dangerous at night?
Driving your car is more dangerous at night than in the daytime because of reduced visibility. Your vision is reduced by about 3% after the sun goes down at night. So that factors in. And what else happens at night? People are sleepy at night, There are more drunk drivers out on the road at night. So for a variety of reasons driving is much more dangerous at night than during the day.
When do I need to turn on my car's headlights?
You should always turn on your car's headlights when the sun starts to go down. Don't wait for it to get totally dark outside before you turn your headlights on because as the sun starts to set it's a little harder for your eyes to adjust to the changing light and it will be easier for you to see cars and for other cars to see you if your headlights are on. And under cloudy conditions -- driving on a cloudy day, or rainy day -- always turn your headlights on so you can be seen a little easier. In fact, in some states your headlights are required to be on on cloudy days, and headlights are required to be on at all times when your windshield wipers are in continuous use. That can vary from state to state, but for safety's sake make sure your headlights are on on cloudy days so other people will see you, you can see them, and you'll be able to see pedestrians that you might not otherwise see because of the conditions.
What are "high-beams", and when should I use them?
High-beam headlights are stronger, more powerful headlights designed to be used in areas where you need more lighting, like mountain roads and canyon roads that tend to be very dark. But high beam headlights are only designed to be used when other cars are not around, so if you see another car approaching from behind or in front of you, always dim your high beam headlights and use your low-beam headlights.
What should I do if I can't see because of an oncoming car's high-beams?
If you can't see because of an oncoming car's high beams, first of all, don't look into their lights; look away. Look down towards the right side of the road. Follow the line on the road if you have to for guidance. Also, if you need to, pull safely to the right and let other cars pass you, this way you won't have to worry about being blinded by those lights.