Driving in the Dark: Staying Safe!

Travelling in the dark requires drivers to take extra precautions, and our tips will help you get through those gloomy mornings and dark nights.

South Africa's roads can be dangerous at the best of times but even more so at night when visibility is poor.

Popular Mechanics suggests 10 fabulous tips for driving after dark. We have selected our favourites.

Firstly, AIM YOUR HEADLIGHTS.

Before heading out into the night, it is important to check that your headlights are correctly aimed. It is possible, even in new cars, for headlights to be pointed unevenly or too low.

Don't rush! Even the best of us get frustrated with user manuals and finicky dials, but once your headlights are correctly aimed, you will be safer for it.

On a side note, make sure your light bulbs are in good, working order. Remember, the older the bulb, the dimmer the light.

In the age of technology we are all easily distracted while driving. Driving at night already increases the chance of an accident or collision threefold, and distracting dashboard and panel lights add to that risk.

So that brings us to...DIM YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL AND DASH LIGHTS.

Bright lights within your vehicle can compromise your visibility outside of the vehicle by causing reflections. Be sure to dim down dash display lights and turn off any other interior lights when driving in the dark.

For your own sanity, and to protect your eyes, DON'T STARE INTO ONCOMING LIGHTS. Aside from the distraction, your eyes are used to the dimly lit dash lights and dark road. If you can't avoid bright lights, avert your eyes and look at your own car's bonnet or ahead of you.

And finally, make sure you CLEAN YOUR WINDSCREEN WIPERS AND EXTERIOR MIRRORS.

Let's face it: even in the cleanest of garages, glass build up dust. That dust reflects light and can decrease visibility. For this reason, we suggest you clean your windshield and mirrors using newspaper. This will ensure that your windscreen is not only clean but also dry, preventing further build-up of dust.

For more tips and tricks, check out 6 tips for safer holiday night-driving.

That's all from us today; happy driving!