Daylight hours are slowly going to get longer, but you may still find yourself driving to and from work in the dark! Most of the decisions we make while driving is based on what we see. There are a few things you can do to make driving at night (or early morning) safer.
- First, it's important to have your eyes checked on a regular basis to ensure you have the vision correction you need to see your absolute best while driving.
- Lower your speed and/or following distance when road conditions are less than ideal. At night, our regular surroundings are all the same dark colour so the visual cues to help us estimate depth and distance aren't available when we need to stop quickly.
- Glare from lights on streets and other cars can be a distraction. An anti-glare coating on your lenses is helpful to have if you're doing a lot of night driving.
- A clean windshield is extremely important - make sure your wiper blades work properly and well, and ensure you have plenty of washer fluid on hand!
- Ensure headlights are clean and properly aligned. You know how your windshield gets covered in dirt around the edge where your wiper blades miss? Well, that same amount of dirt is covering your headlights and blocking your headlights from keeping you as safe as they can.