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Car Talk: Night Driving Questions Answered

Jun 24, 2021, 6:47 pm / Lara

Every driver knows that night driving is much more dangerous and hazardous than daytime driving. There are numerous factors due to which drivers face difficulty on the road from midnight till 6 am but the main reason is compromised vision. Most drivers are unable to see clearly ahead on the road and end up making wrong decisions. Not only this, but people often fear the night driving because they don't want to put their lives at risk. However, to overcome this fear drivers must learn how to manage these difficult situations. And if you want to learn about night driving then this article is just for you. Here we have answered a few of the questions all drivers have about driving at nighttime.

Why there is less car at night while more accidents occur?

Half of the population prefers driving in the daytime hence you will notice fewer vehicles on the road at night. But less traffic doesn't mean it is safer to drive at night. In fact, most of the casualties occur on Friday and Saturday nights because there are more drunk drivers on the road during these nights. Moreover, the poor lighting on the road makes the situations even dangerous and it becomes difficult for the driver to perceive the road clearly. For night driving you must know what's coming ahead on the road but due to low visibility, you may not see the pedestrian, bumps, and other vehicles as clearly as you would want, which results in fatal accidents.

When and where can I use my high beams?

Though high-beam lights are quite important when it comes to night driving safety they must be used carefully because they can blindside the oncoming drivers. Remember to use high-beams when
  1. There is poor lighting on the road
  2. There is no other car within 200 feet
  3. There is heavy rainfall, snow, or fog

If there is another vehicle nearby or if you see a vehicle approaching from the opposite end then switch to low-beam lights immediately because high-beams are very sharp and cause temporary blindness to the other drivers.

Is a night vision car camera helpful for night driving?

Drivers should invest in a good quality night vision system because this high tech device helps the drivers in obtaining a clearer view of the road. And when we talk about quality then Lanmodo Vast Pro is the perfect choice because it uses low-light imaging technology which takes the tiniest amount of light and forms a full-color high-resolution image of 1080P.

This system reflects the real road situation in dark surroundings and captures a 45-degrees wide-angle view through which you can enjoy a broader view of the road. In addition to all this, the camera even extends up to 300m and makes the driver aware of the road situation in advance, allowing him to take necessary measures to protect himself and others. All in all, with this device you can stay safe on the road and have a smooth comfortable ride.

How to overcome drowsy driving?

If you ave a plan on driving late at night then make sure to get around 7/8 hours sleep before hitting the road. Even after that if you feel tired then use Caffeine or roll down your windows enjoy some fresh air or turn up the volume on the radio to be more alert. If these things don't work then it's better to pull over your car at a rest stop and take a short nap.

Should new teen drivers not drive at night?

Research shows new drivers have less hazard detection skills and abilities as compare to the experienced ones. Around one-third of the new driver, especially young ones, are involved in car crashes in the first year of driving. They reach less appropriately to dangerous situations hence if you have a new teen driver in the house then you should restrict them from driving at night.

How to reduce the risks of oncoming lights?

The oncoming headlights often cause glare to the other driver. If the driver doesn't dim the lights at night then the glare is probably going to affect the driver's vision. The best way to reduce the effect is by not looking at the headlights directly. Instead, shift your vision to the right side of the lane. The right will help you in keeping track of the lane and also you will be able to detect other vehicles through your peripheral vision. However, you can also quickly flash your headlights as well to let the oncoming driver know that they are driving with the high-beam lights on.

What to do if my car breaks down when no other car on the same road?

  1. Pullover the car as far away from the turns and curves as possible and turn the hazard lights on.
  2. Roll down the window, hang a white cloth, and roll the window back up. It will alert the passing by vehicles that your car is in trouble.
  3. Stay inside your car and lock the doors.
  4. Call your friend or family whoever is the closest and tell them your exact location. If you need road assistance then call a mechanic right away.

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