Roads that feel familiar during the day will often feel quite different when you’re driving at night. There might be new hazards, and the poor lighting conditions make it more difficult to spot warning signs and road markings.
Here are some tips to help you reduce the risks of night driving:
- Prepare your vehicle. Make sure your windscreen is cleaned before you head out. A clean windscreen will make it a little bit easier to see outside when it’s dark and will help reduce glare from streetlights and headlights.
- Increase your stopping distance. Increase your following distance to at least four seconds and drive more slowly. This will allow you enough time to stop in case you need to do so in a hurry.
- Get enough practice. Get at least 10 hours of night driving practice. Start off in less busy suburbs before moving to rural roads with higher speed limits when you gain more confidence.
- Always keep the risks in mind. Watch out for cyclists, pedestrians, and animals; they’re much harder to spot at night.