Improve Your Night-Driving Skills

Here are some tips, courtesy of Bridgestone Winter Driving School, to improve your night-driving skills.

  1. When an oncoming car approaches, avoid fixating on the headlights. Instead, shift your focus slightly toward the right edge of the roadway.
  2. Dim the interior and instrument lights to the minimum level required, which will allow you to scan the roadway ahead without the undue eye strain that occurs from alternately looking at a bright instrument panel and the black of night.
  3. Make sure that the windshield is perfectly clean inside and out to help avoid eye fatigue, make the most of available light and reduce any reflected glare from grease or other coatings. It doesn’t seem like much but even a 2 or 3 percent difference in clarity can make the difference when the unexpected arises.
  4. Adjust side and rear view mirrors so you can still see the cars behind you without having their headlights flash directly in your eyes.
  5. Turn on your headlights well before sunset and keep them on until well after sunrise as well as any time weather conditions are less than ideal. Be sure to dim your headlights for oncoming traffic or when driving in snow or fog, since high beams create more reflection and glare.