Night on the Road
Your ability to drive safely depends on your reflexes and reaction time. In turn, both these skills depend on your vision – if you can’t see a stray dog on the road, you won’t react to it. Result? Car crash.
Darkness poses a greatest risk to the vehicle and the driver, because it impairs the vision. Therefore, driving at night is something that you should undertake with care.
Condition your body and mind for a night on the road by getting a few hours of sleep before you set out. Don’t eat heavy food or drink alcohol before you have to drive, because even one glass of liquor can tire you out and weaken your judgement. The same goes for smoking – the nicotine in cigarettes and the smoke can cloud the car and hamper your vision. Remember to take frequent rest stops and keep yourself hydrated.
Prepare Your Car
For a safe night drive, your car needs to be in as good a condition as you. Clean your mirrors and lights and make sure your tyres have air. Check that all your lights work – including fog lamps. Clean all your windows both from the inside and outside, for maximum clarity of vision. Check that your air conditioning works fine, and lastly, remember to switch your rear-view mirror to the night position!
Keep your headlights aimed low so that they don’t blind oncoming drivers. During twilight, it’s a good idea to switch them on. They might not increase your vision, but they’ll make you more visible to oncoming drivers. If the weather might turn foggy, make sure your car has fog lamps. If you see an oncoming driver who has their headlights on high beam, then stare at the left side of the road, to avoid being blinded by the glare.
Drive at an average speed – you should be able to stop your car within second in case of an emergency or surprise obstacle. Also, remember to keep a good distance between your car and other vehicles ahead. If you suffer a breakdown, park your car a little far from the road, or as close to the side of the road as possible. Put on your hazard and parking lights to alert other vehicles and prevent anyone from crashing into you.
Drive safely – that’s what makes driving fun! Did you find this article useful? Do you have night-driving experiences of your own? Share your thoughts with us via comments below. To ensure that you and even your car are protected incase of any mishaps on the road , insure yourself and your car with Bajaj Allianz Health and Motor insurance today .