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It might be spring, but in spite of the longer evenings we can still get caught out driving in the dark. For a lot of new drivers, driving in the dark can be a bit daunting. Anticipating oncoming hazards is even more important than in daylight and familiar routes and surroundings can appear unfamiliar. As experienced driving instructors in Manchester, the team at Weekly Crash Courses is committed to effectively teach our students to drive safely and confidently with our traditional and intensive driving courses. In fact, we have more than 15 years’ experience in effective and friendly driving tuition, giving the best advice and support to our Manchester driving school students. Here, we want to advise you on how to drive safely in the dark with six super tips.

Feeling Tired? Take a Break!

When it becomes darker, we are naturally programmed to feel more tired which is of course a huge risk when driving. At Weekly Crash Courses, our Manchester driving instructors always stress the importance of taking a break if you’re feeling tired, particularly on a night time journey. Even 10-15 minutes can make all the difference whilst “powering through” can be as dangerous as drink driving.

Check Your Lights

In the UK, it is illegal to drive without fully functioning lights – for obvious reasons. No matter who you choose for your local driving tuition, a reputable driving instructor should go through checking your lights. Before driving at night, you should always check that your lights are working properly. For headlights and indicators, you can of course check them by getting out of the car. For your reverse lights however, if driving alone, you can test the lights by looking for the red reflection against a wall or garage.

Clean Your Windows

Every day your car will pick up dirt and smudges on the glass whether or not you’re using it regularly. During the day, this dirt might not be very apparent and probably won’t cause much of a problem to your vision. However, as it becomes darker, the headlights of other road users can cause these marks and dust to become illuminated and glare, making it harder to see.

Flip the Rear View Mirror

When driving at night, the headlights of cars behind us can be quite dazzling. A great tip for anyone driving in the dark is the flip the switch on your rear view mirror. Doing this reflects the excess light away from your eyes without disturbing the visibility within the mirror.

Take the Roads Slower

If the speed limit is 50mph, it doesn’t mean that you must drive at 50mph. At night, you may want to drive more slowly, particularly on winding roads so that you have more time to respond to any oncoming hazards.

Night Time Essentials for Your Car

Breaking down in the day time, whatever time of year is frustrating, but at night you are much more vulnerable. We hope that you will never be in that situation, but just in case, the following items can be really important: a torch (or even better – a head torch!), a warm blanket or winter coat, an umbrella, an ice scraper, water. If you break down at night, try to stop in a safe, well-lit place, turn on your hazards and wait outside of the car in a safe spot until help arrives.

There you have it, six tips to keep you driving safely in the dark. At our Manchester driving school, whether you opt for a traditional driving course or a crash course, you can be certain that your lessons will be thorough, friendly and effective. To book your course, get in touch with the team at Weekly Crash Courses today!

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