Summer is coming to a close, so if you’re about to be cramming a road trip or two in before the weather returns to those Wisconsin winters, there’s a good chance you’ll be forced to drive through the night. Even if you’re not planning on any road trips, the nights are a lot longer here in Green Bay through the winter, so you’ll likely be driving at night anyways. Check out these great tips that you should follow to increase your safety while driving at night.
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Check Everything Over
Checking our vehicle before driving is a task we were all taught in driver’s ed, but we’ve probably begun overlooking it in adulthood. When you’re planning to drive at night, it’s a good habit to get back into. You should especially be making sure your headlights, taillights, turn signals, brights, and any other important lights are working. It’s also important to make sure your windshield is clean, visibility is already reduced, you should have anything else impeding your line of sight.
Keep a Watchful Eye
With reduced visibility, you want to make sure you’re keeping as watchful an eye as possible. Don’t be distracted by anything like food or the radio and be sure to keep an eye out for pedestrians. Furthermore, make sure not to look into the passing lights of oncoming traffic. This can temporarily affect your vision and hinder your visibility even more than it already is.
Maybe this last tip is more of a given than a real tip, but just drive smart. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you as it’ll be harder to tell when they’re slowing or when something might happen in front of them. Reduce your speed for the same reason. If you have to pull over or stop for some reason, make sure that others are going to be able to see you by putting on your hazards or dome lights. Don’t text and drive. Don’t drink and drive. And so on.
Hopefully, these tips help you out if you have to drive after the sun goes down this summer or even during the forthcoming winter months.