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Mastering Night Driving

August 22, 2017

 

The sun is setting. You check the distance to your destination; another 4 hours away. You know you'll be driving in the dark, but you have to make it there before morning so you decide to go for it and conquer the art of night driving. 

 

Although referring to it as an art is somewhat extra, driving at night can be more difficult and more dangerous than driving in the day time. Here are some tips and tricks for a more smoother trip in the dark. 

 

DON'T DRIVE WHILE SLEEPY 

 

Tired driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving so if you're feeling your eyes closing and you feel yourself drifting to sleep while on the road, make sure to pull over if even for a short nap. A quick 20 nap can get your energy flowing again and help you through the last stretch of driving. Once the sun goes to sleep, it seems like our bodies want to do the same so making sure you're able to stay awake during a night trip by getting enough sleep before hand and staying properly hydrated and nourished, is most important. 

 

AVOID BLINDING HEADLIGHTS 

 

Darkness means having to use our headlights and some vehicles, especially ones who travel through grueling conditions have lights that are too bright for our delicate pupils. Staring into a bright headlight as it passes in the opposing lane can lead to temporary blindness and will impart your vision on the road. If you see a bright headlight coming, turn your gaze down and to the right focusing on the edge of the road until the lights pass. Be aware of the cars in front of you in case they are blinded by the lights. Everybody will react different to being blinded for a couple seconds so plan accordingly. 

 

TAP YOUR BREAKS WHEN STOPPING 

 

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