Winters here- How to keep safe on the road during the darker nights

Now the clocks have gone back, and the nights are drawing in, it means you will probably be driving in the dark more often, even as you leave the office at 5 or 6 pm it will soon be dark, so we have put together a few tips to keep you safe on the road during the darker nights!

The royal society for the prevention of accidents (ROSPA) data shows that every year when the clocks go back, there is an increase in the number of vulnerable road users seriously injured or even killed. This time of year, more than ever, drivers and road users need to be aware of the added dangers.

·         Always use your lights! It is illegal to drive at night without your lights on, both front and rear should always be functioning properly. We recommend regular checks to ensure all bulbs and lights are working correctly.

·         Take extra care when driving in the dark and look out for cyclists, animals, and other road users. Cyclists can be difficult to see in the dark if they are not wearing reflective clothing or have not got any lights on their bikes. Animals that are nocturnal will be out and about especially on country roads, so keep your speed down and keep alert for any unexpected movements.

·         Windscreens can steam up on the inside, especially in the cold weather, car heaters can blow dirty air onto the glass so be sure to keep a clean cloth in your glove box to keep your windscreens clean and clear.

·         Ensure your eyes have been recently tested, a lot of drivers find they struggle with their vision when adjusting to the darker light levels, this coupled with the glare from oncoming vehicles can become very dangerous, if you already wear glasses, your optician may be able to recommend an anti-reflection coating on your glasses to reduce glare.

·         With the evenings becoming darker, and an hour less of light your melatonin levels could be higher, which could leave you feeling more tired than usual and blearier eyed. If you do feel drowsy or tired, always pull over somewhere safe and take a break.

We would also recommend keeping a few things in your boot just in case of emergency

·         A warm coat or blanket, if you break down or become stranded it is a good idea to keep warm whilst waiting.

·         A torch, this could come in handy in the event of a breakdown if you need to inspect anything under the bonnet or change a tyre in the dark.

·         A can of de-icer and an ice scraper is always handy to have in case the temperature drops, and you need to clear your windows.

We hope these tips help you to feel safer on the road in the darker evenings!

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