5 Fall Tips for Driving in the Dark

October 30, 2019 - 2 minutes read

Common sense tells us driving at night is more difficult than driving in the daylight. Darkness reduces our field of vision (including peripheral vision), our depth perception and our ability to distinguish colors. Driver fatigue is also a contributing factor. What can you do about it?

These 5 Fall driving tips can make night driving easier:

  1. Keep Your Windshield Clear – Windshields that appear clean by day may show streaks or smudges in the dark that will create a halo effect around lights and make it difficult to see at night.
  2. Dim your Interior Lights – Most vehicles come with a dash dimmer switch. Make sure to locate yours and keep the dash at a low glow when driving at night.
  3. Keep Your Eyes on the Lines – Headlights from oncoming traffic can cause glare and impair your vision in the dark, so naturally, you’ll want to avoid staring at those lights. If you’re having a hard time seeing the road, take note of the white line marking the traffic lane’s edge on the right side of the road.
  4. When to Use Your High Beams – Drivers should use high-beam mode only when traveling in very dark areas with low visibility and—most importantly—when there is no car immediately in front of you and no oncoming traffic.
  5. Beware of Animals – In suburban Milwaukee or in our rural areas on dark country roads, you will most likely be sharing the road with some animals. Larger animals like deer and moose can be hard to spot even if they are in the middle of the road—be on the lookout for the reflection of your lights in the animal’s eyes.

Driving in the dark presents some challenges, but nothing that can’t be overcome with some knowledge and planning.

If you were involved in a night driving car accident, let us help! Call Jacobson, Schrinsky & Houck in Milwaukee today at (414) 223-4444 to have one of our caring lawyers come out to meet you and get car accident help today.

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