As the clocks roll back once again we all find ourselves driving in the dark much more frequently, this sudden change and the reduced visibility it brings increases the risk of accidents. It is therefore important that you, and people who drive for your business, take extra care and attention when driving in darkness. We have highlighted some key points to remember in order to stay safe in darker times.
- Remember to put your lights on! - It sounds obvious but it’s easy to forget particularly if you’re leaving a bright environment like a car park.
- Keeping your lights and windscreen clean will improve visibility.
- If it’s safe to do so, use your main beam. But please be aware of other road users, revert to dipped when you see traffic approaching. If you see another driver who has forgotten to turn their main beam off, a quick glance to the left hand kerb will avoid being dazzled.
- Fog lights should only be used when visibility is below 100 meters.
- Be aware of stopping distances, objects can be harder to see in the dark.
- Never drive when tired. This statement applies to both daylight and night time driving, and remember – caffeine is not the solution, take a break if you feel tired.
- For new drivers it could be the first time they have ever driven in darkness. If unsure it may be necessary to ask a more experienced driver to go out with them and give any advice they might need to ensure they are confident and safe.
- Always drive carefully and considerately and remain in control of your vehicle by keeping two hands on the wheel, and maintaining a steady speed. Also please remember to remain vigilant of other road users and potential hazards.