The annual fall transition of daylight savings time results in shorter days, earlier sunsets, and subsequently more time spent driving in the dark. Driving is a complex task driving at night or in low-light conditions increases the complexity by impacting the driver’s depth perception, peripheral vision, and ability to distinguish colors. In addition, nighttime road conditions yield incidental dangers such as drunk and/or drowsy drivers, as well as animal road crossings. It is important for all drivers to be vigilant and exercise safe driving practices over the next few winter months.
Save Driving Strategies:
There are a number of steps and precautions drivers can take before hitting the road. Inspect your vehicle’s headlights and taillights to ensure they are clean. Headlights and taillights should be cleaned every few weeks. This will reduce external glare, and improve clarity of sight.
Maintain a clean and haze-free windshield, windows, and rear view and side view mirrors. In addition, consider readjusting the angle of your headlights to ensure maximum visibility. Schedule an appointment at Mercer Auto Body to have your headlights safely repositioned.
While driving at night, keep the cabin of your vehicle as dark as possible by setting the dashboard light at its dimmest setting and refrain from turning on your map lights.
Do not stare directly into the headlights of oncoming traffic. Avoid focusing only on the pavement markings and “zoning out” by continuously scanning the road, checking your mirrors, and noting your surroundings. Zoning out has a hypnotizing effect and will reduce your state of awareness.
Turn on your headlights as soon as the sun sets. Although this will not significantly improve your vision, it will increase other driver’s ability to see your vehicle.
Avoid distractions in the vehicle like cell phones, text messages, emails, and adjusting the radio.
A large percentage of vehicle collisions occur due to low-light conditions at dawn, dusk and at night. If you have recently been in an auto accident call or visit Mercer Auto Body and speak to one our collision repair specialists. At Mercer, we are equipped to repair your car, truck or SUV and will help you make the best decisions for your unique situation.
Mercer Auto Body services customers in Kennett Square, Avondale, West Grove, Landenberg, Toughkenamon, Hockessin DE, Chadds Ford, Unionville, and Concordville.