Days are getting shorter and nights are growing longer. It is wise to become more attentive when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, especially after the sun sets.
Some age-related changes to your vision and eye diseases, like cataracts, can make it challenging to drive after dark. Reading road signs, adapting to glare from headlights, and correctly judging distances and speed of other vehicles can be specifically challenging.
There are a number of steps you can take to ensure your driving experience at night much safer, so take these precautions when preparing to drive after dark:
- Keep up to date on eye exams
- Wear anti-reflective glasses that do not obstruct your peripheral vision
- Ensure that you are aware of any side effects your medications may cause that could affect your driving abilities
- Ask your mechanic to ensure your headlights are adjusted property, pointing straight, and that your headlights and windshield are clean
- Do not drive if you feel sleepy or impaired at all
- Take a driving course. Even an experienced driver can benefit from a driving refresher!
- Slow down so you have more time to react and stop if necessary
- Limit distractions like your phone, eating, or primping in the car
- Remain alert on the road, especially of other drivers
- Pull over to check directions, make a phone call, text, or rest if need be, especially at night and on long-distance trips.