Tips for Safe Driving at Night

 

While driving, you will want to be as safe as possible. Almost ninety percent of your reaction ability while driving is relied on sight. At night, your depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision all decline. Even if you do not notice it, you are less alert at night when you drive than you are during the day. To help drive safe, you also need to be aware of the other drivers on the road. Drunk drivers, sleep deprived drivers, and even animals are a few things to keep an eye out for as you drive at night.

 

 

While driving at night, you will want to make sure to be as alert as possible to help avoid any accidents. Before driving make sure to avoid any medications that might make you drowsy. It is also important to make sure you are well rested before driving at night, especially if you are driving for a long distance. You can also have someone ride with you, to help keep you awake or switch drivers.

 

 

The lights are the most important part of your vehicle at night. They help you to see as you drive, as well as having others see you. Make sure to inspect the headlights, taillights, and blinkers to make sure they are working properly and illuminate the correct areas. Make sure the lenses of the headlights are clean and clear. Grime and other debris can impair the amount you can see on the road in front of you. It is important to have the brake lights working well also. This gives the drivers behind you enough warning and reaction time when you have to stop gradually or suddenly.

 

 

Another way to help drive safe at night is to know how to reduce the glare from the lights of other drivers. If a vehicle is approaching you from the opposite direction with the lights on bright, you can divert your gaze down to the side. You can use the lane marker or painted median strip as a guide as they pass. If someone is behind you with the lights on bright, you can use the reduced glare setting on your rearview mirror.

 

 

Part of being an alert driver at night is being able to put down the gadgets and devices as you drive. If you need to use your cell phone or other device, make sure you come to a complete stop at a safe and convenient place. A cell phone, GPS navigational system, or even an integrated system like OnStar should be used when you are stopped. This can help you from becoming distracted while driving and can also help you to prevent an accident.

 

 

Keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle can help reduce stress if your vehicle encounters an issue at night. If a tire goes flat or a belt snaps, you will want to have some items so you can help identify the problem. Items such as jumper cables, extra oil, tools like wrenches, bottle water, a granola or snack bar, and flashlights can all become handy in an emergency situation.

Inspecting the Lights on your Vehicle

 

 

To help keep your vehicle safe, it is important to follow the recommended maintenance schedule. One of the areas includes the lights. This will be the headlights, taillights, and blinkers of the vehicle. These are important because not only do they help your visibility, but it can also help others to see where you at or which direction you are turning. Also make sure the light is still operating. It is easier than you might think to smash a headlight or taillight on your vehicle. You might reverse into a parking space in the dark and not see a pillar or rail sticking out ready to crunch into your taillight. If you notice any issues with the lights, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can repair the light for you.

 

 

 

If the headlight or taillight is not operating correctly, knowing if it should be replaced completely can be determined on the condition. It will depend how badly the light has been smashed or damaged. The same applies to the actual casing around the bulb. If half of it is missing and the other half is in tiny shards, you are not going to be able to do a proper repair job. However, you might occasionally get lucky and find that the taillight is merely scratched or cracked. If this is the case a minor repair job may be all that is needed to repair it sufficiently.

 

 

 

Another important thing to think about if you do have a smashed headlight or taillight is that it will reduce your level of safety on the road today. The headlights allow you to see, as well as oncoming traffic and people to see you. The taillights are also important because drivers that are approaching you will be able to see where you are. This will increase the overall safety of your vehicle. The turn signals are also important because those around you will know what direction you will be turning. This can help prevent an accident if someone tries to pass you on the side you are turning. The same is true for anyone who tries to turn in front of you while you are turning.

 

 

 

In the end, it does not matter how the headlight or taillight got broken in the first place. It is important to get it mended as soon as you possibly can. You should certainly try and get it fixed before you head out onto the road. This will reduce the chance of being stopped by a cop, but also increase the safety of the vehicle. Always remember to bring your vehicle in if you notice any sign of an issue. This can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Winter Driving Tips

When driving this winter, make sure to use caution, especially if the roads are ice or snow covered. The winter weather conditions can change rapidly, so make sure to stay alert to the weather and allow extra time to reach your destination incase you encounter poor conditions.

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It is also recommended to leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This way you can help be prepared if you have to brake or stop suddenly. It can also help decrease the chance for an accident to occur. Typically there should be a three second delay between you and the vehicle in front of you. In winter or if the roads are poor, that distance should double or triple. Also make sure that you drive at a speed you are comfortable at.

 

The visibility when you drive can be accomplished by keeping the headlights clean and free of any snow or ice build-up. If there is snow, sleet, or rain in the air, this can cause a decrease in visibility, even if it is daylight out. Clean and functioning headlights are not just important for you, but also for others. This way you can help to have others see where you are at as well. Also make sure that the lights are adjusted properly.

 

The battery may start to drain and fail in the winter. This is because the colder temperatures can do damage to the battery. It causes the battery to not operate at full efficiency. Also inspect the battery to make sure the cables and terminals are in good condition. They should be free of any corrosion, rust, or debris build-up. A sign of a battery issue is if the vehicle is slow or hard to start.

 

The vehicle should also be inspected to make sure that the antifreeze and other fluids are at the level they should be at. This can be determined the reservoir of each of the fluids. Also make sure the windshield washer fluid is up to the designated amount. It is also recommended to keep a container of fluid in the trunk of your vehicle as well.

 

The tires should be inspected for the condition they are in, and that they are free of any bulges or blisters. Also check the air pressure of the tires. If you are unsure of what the pressure should be, you can find it in the vehicle owner’s manual. The proper amount can also be found on the inside of the driver’s door. If you notice a decrease in air pressure in your tires, make sure to bring the vehicle. We can inspect the tires for you to see if there is any damage or the tires need to be replaced. Having a reliable vehicle can help prevent issues and improve the safety when you are on the road.

Checking the Lights on your Vehicle

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The headlights on your vehicle play an important role in terms of the overall safety and performance of your vehicle. The headlights help provide better visibility while driving not only at night, but also during the day and while experiencing rainy or foggy conditions. When it comes time to replace your headlight bulbs you can start by lifting the hood and taking off the headlight cover. Then you will take off the old light bulb and replace it with the new one and replace the headlight cover. After the replacement of the new bulbs has been done check to make sure both headlights are working properly. Your taillights should not go unnoticed either. These should be inspected too for not only your safety but for others as well. Also, check your blinker lights to make sure they are properly working. These bulbs can be replaced just as easily as your headlights can. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the lights for you, and change the lens if that is needed.

 

Since you are the one driving, you might not know when your bulbs need replacing. This is especially true for the taillights. You can find out by pulling the vehicle into a dimly lit area or garage, turn on your lights and see if you can see both headlights light up. It is just as important to check your high beams as well. If neither of them turns on or if you cannot tell a difference between the high and low beams then this is an indicator that your bulbs might be burnt out or almost there. By checking your light bulbs this way, it is safer because you are not driving down the road at night and not being able to see when it is too late.

 

The size and type of bulb your car takes is dependent on the specifics of your car. The year of your car was made is important to the bulb size as well as the model of car. If you are unsure of either of these, then check your owner’s manual for the appropriate year and model. Picking out the right bulb is important too. LED (light emitting diodes) lighting is more advanced that HID lighting. This type of bulb is extremely bright and very long lasting.

 

Over time your headlights can begin to look foggy from dirt and grime that has built up. This can also make it more difficult to see as your headlights are dimmed. Making sure that the lights on your car are working properly is essential. Regularly performing a light inspection on your vehicle will help you to catch any problems there might be with your lights. Proper lights can help keep you safe while on the road. You can also schedule an appointment with us so we can inspect the vehicle and lights for you.