Module 8: Risk Management 07 (Potential Dangers of Driving at Night)

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Potential Dangers of Driving at Night

Driving at night is more dangerous than during the day due to limited visibility, the limited area covered by your headlights, as well as the blinding effect of high beams or low beams with fog lights. It is a fact that people do not see as well as they do in the daytime. When you are traveling, travel during the day, if possible. You should drive a little slower at night, and make sure you can stop within the distance that your headlights illuminate. You are required to use your headlights from dusk to dawn, as well as when visibility is less than 1,000 feet. When you are parked on the side of the road, you must use your flashers.

Some tips for driving at night:

  • • Use your high beams when driving in a rural area or on an open highway that is far from any urban or metropolitan area.
  • • You must dim your headlights or turn off your fog lights before you get within 500 feet of an approaching vehicle.
  • • When you are behind another vehicle, use your low beams and turn off your fog lights, if you are within 200 feet of the vehicle in front of you.
  • • Do not look directly at the headlights of an oncoming vehicle. As the other vehicle approaches, keep your eyes on the right edge of your lane, and focus on the movements of the approaching vehicle from the corner of your eye.
  • • Use your low beams and fog lights (if equipped) when driving in fog at night. If you use your high beams in fog, this is blinding, and it has an effect as if you are reflecting your lights off a mirror.
  • • Be alert to other vehicles, especially dark vehicles that are driving after sunset without using your headlights.
  • • At night, it is much more difficult to see animals near the road. Use extreme caution when checking for animals as animals are unpredictable and have been known to cross the road in unexpected ways.