With the dark nights upon us it’s important to make sure you feel totally safe and confident when driving. In this blog we discuss 5 top tips for driving during those dark Winter nights.
When it comes to driving in the dark your lights are not only crucial, but they need to be used appropriately. If you find yourself driving down a dimly lit road and there are no oncoming cars, utilise your full beam it’s there to be used and can provide much better visibility. Whereas roads with regular traffic require you to use standard lighting.
Especially during the Winter months, condensation can take over causing your windscreen to become misted and create poor visibility. Before you initially get into your car always turn on your heating to create a standard temperature and clear the windscreen before you start your journey.
You may also want to ensure your wing mirrors are free from dirt and water.
Driving in the dark can require more attention than during the day due to the visibility. Make sure you follow all road signs and even choose a more familiar route so you know exactly where any bends and turns may be.
It goes without saying but driving tired is an ultimate no go. You may find it even easier to become sleepy when driving in the dark so if you start to feel drowsy, pull over at a safe location or swap with your passenger. Driving tired can cause accidents.
You may feel less confident when driving in the dark and this is totally normal. The best way to build confidence is to practice, take time to travel on small journeys gradually building up until you start to feel more comfortable driving in darker conditions. To find out more about our range of Driver Training courses please call 01325 238030 or visit: www.dhdt.co.uk