3D Defensive Driving

Defensive Driving Traffic Safety Tips

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Visual Interpretations

Night Driving (continued)


To be safe driving at night:

  • Prepare your car for night driving. Clean headlights, taillights and windows often.
  • Turn your headlights on before the sun goes down. Lights may not help you see better at early dusk or dawn, but they'll make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Headlights should be properly adjusted so you can see the road, but not blind other drivers. When following another vehicle, keep your headlights on low beams.
  • If an oncoming car doesn't lower beams from high to low, evade their glare by watching the right edge of the roadway, and using it as a steering point.
  • Decrease your speed. It is hard to judge other vehicle speeds and distances at night.
  • Increase the distance between yourself and the car ahead.  You should be capable of stopping inside the illuminated area of your headlights.  If not, you will be overdriving your headlights, thus creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.
  • Night driving safety is essential as soon as the sun goes down. Twilight is one of the most challenging times to drive. Your eyes are constantly adapting to the changes in darkness.
  • Smoking in the car also limits vision.