The danger of driving at night is much higher and hits novice drivers the hardest. Many teens are still pursuing their driving at their local driving school and are facing their behind-the-wheel drives in the dark. Others are practicing, under the auspices of their parents, nighttime driving as part of their required driving practice. Still, other novices have recently completed their driving lessons, received their certificate from their driving school, and have a newly minted drivers license.
Given the first six months is the dangerous period for new drivers, driving in the dark adds even more danger to the situation. Good driving schools will teach about the risks of Night time Driving as part of their driving program.Here are a few tips to help reinforce what to watch out for:
1) Road Sign Visibility – Most road signs are fluorescent and can be seen relatively well at night. However, as the signs age, their visibility decreases making them not be clearly seen in the dark. Also, some road signs are written in small, difficult to read font which can also make driving a challenge.
2) Watch for eyeballs – various types of animals run across the road at night. Many of these animals, for example, a deer can cause severe damage if you collide with them. The trick behind this is to look for a pair of glowing eyes along the side of the road as they are often attached to an animal who might cross your path.
3) Pedestrians in dark clothing – pay attention to any reflective material either moving or stationary. And worse is that some pedestrians wear black, which is difficult to notice at night in the rain.
4) Flashing headlights – proceed with caution. Always turn off high-beam lights when approaching another vehicle. When someone flashes their lights, it means that either you have left your high-beams on or that you may be approaching a dangerous situation ahead. Check your lights and if the high beams are off, then be aware there is a real chance of danger ahead.
5) Brake lights – The trick with brake lights is that it ‘s hard to determine how hard the car directly ahead is braking. If you find yourself rapidly approaching a car with its brakes engaged, then apply the brakes harder and be prepared for a potential emergency stop.
The bottom line is that paying close attention to these five tips can help keep a novice driver out of trouble. Good driving schools will teach these Driving Tips, but when you are out driving at night, it pays to keep these essential items in mind.