Safety advice for driving at night

As soon as the day turns into night what our eye sees changes too. Our vision is not as good as it is during the day. We all have occasions where we think we see something and it turns out to not be what we thought it was. Experts report that during the night we will only see one tenth of what we would be able to see during the day.


Our eyes are very good at dealing with a wide range of light - from almost pitch dark through to strong light. However, it takes time for our eyes to adjust from one condition to another. This is why the glare from headlights can almost blind you.

Apart from in good clear daylight, we are forever playing catch-up with the information we are getting from seeing. Scientists have proven that in dark conditions we react much more slowly. So as smart drivers we must adjust our driving to deal with the restrictions placed on our vision.

During the night we cannot trust our vision to the same extent we can during the day. Restricted vision brings danger with it. Remember, 90% of our ability to react depends on what we can see. So if we see less at night we are placing ourselves in more danger.

Beware of the effects of alcohol, not just in you but in other road users. It remains a significant factor in fatal road crashes. If you're out and about late on a Friday or Saturday night, be on the look-out for drunken pedestrians who may wander into your path. Reinforce your safety by thinking for others as well as for yourself.

Remember, being seen is just as important as being able to see. So don't leave it until it is too dark before you turn your lights, this will reduce the risk of having someone run into you because they couldn't see you in time!

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