Driving at Night

Driving after sundown presents a unique set of dangers, which explains why accident-related death rates are 3 times greater at night than during the day.  And because safe-driving knowledge is safe-driving power, the best way to stay safe at night is to understand the challenge of driving after dark.

At sunset, as soon light begins to fade, turn on your headlights to make your vehicle more visible to others.  You must use headlights from sunset to sunrise.

Use low-beams when driving in cities and towns, except on streets where there is no lighting.  Switch to low-beams whenever you meet oncoming traffic to avoid blinding the other driver.  When following, use low-beams whenever you are within 200 feet of the vehicle ahead.

Use high-beam headlights on highways, unless another vehicle is within 500 feet coming toward you.  If the high-beams of an oncoming car are on, avoid looking directly at the bright lights.  Glance toward the side of the road, then look quickly ahead to determine the other driver does not dim his headlights, do not turn on your high-beam headlights.


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