The clocks have gone back, the de-icer is coming out and it’s time to crack out your big coat – Winter is well and truly on its way and now’s the time when your commute gets darker.
With as little as 8 hours of daylight in the winter months, most of us travel to and from work or school in the dark, so it’s important that you can see and be seen. Check out our Top Tips on what to consider to get around safely in the dark:
- Lower the razzle dazzle
Keep your lights dipped on low lit roads to avoid distracting other drivers. Whilst full beam lights are advised where safe on country roads or narrow lanes, it’s also very important to always dip your lights for any oncoming traffic. In the dark, dazzling lights can seriously affect your vision even after the car has passed and when you’re in control of a high speed car, those few seconds of bad vision could mean all the difference.
- Lighten up
Sneak reflective material onto the cuffs, collars and the edges of coats for you or your little ones for extra visibility during the dark mornings and nights. Schoolbags and neon reflective wristbands are excellent at adding that extra bit of safety to your journey and could be a big help at keeping your children safe on their way to school.
- On their bikes
Cyclists should be equally as visible as pedestrians, kitted out with reflective clothing as well as bike lights and reflectors. Take extra care while passing cyclists on the roads during the dark too, as you may not always see how much room there is to pass until you are close by.
- Eye spy
Be sure to keep your eyes healthy and performing at their best with regular checks at your opticians. The bright beams from other road users could end up damaging your eyes and potentially worsen your night vision.
- All in working order
Test your car lights, replace bulbs if necessary and make sure you clean your headlamps regularly as salt and grit can make them dirtier quicker than any other time of year. You don’t need to fork out for a 5 star-valet when a quick wipe with a piece of kitchen towel will do the job.
So whether it’s your home-time commute or a quick 15 minutes to the supermarket, be sure to take extra care when driving in the dark. It’s the little things that really can make a difference in the darker months and everything we can do to make our roads safer not only for us but for other road users too are so important.
If you have any questions at all on any of our top tips or would like some further advice on driving in the dark, contact your local Swansway dealership.