Driving in the dark can worry some motorists who may be used to commuting back from work in sunlight rather than cold and dark conditions. Driving at night can come with increased dangers as vision could be reduced, leading to the threat of having a collision.
Staying safe on the roads at night is not difficult and just requires a few extra precautions from motorists.
Headlights are one of the most important safety features on a vehicle at night for several key reasons.
Front and rear lights not only help you see where you are travelling on roads without any side street lighting but can also act as an important safety feature for other road users.
Lights indicate to other motorists how many vehicles may be ahead and therefore must be kept in good condition throughout long journeys.
The RAC urges road users to do regular checks on bulbs to ensure they are in full working order. They say any changes to a bulb must be done as soon as possible.
Lights should be put into the dipped position to avoid dazzling other road users but this needs to be cranked up to full if you are travelling on an empty country road with no lighting.
To avoid being dazzled by other headlights, road users are urged to never look directly at other vehicles front headlights and should slow down if they are feeling distracted.
It is illegal to drive at night without fully-functioning headlights and police officers will stop vehicles that don’t comply with the guidelines.Source: Express