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Driving at Night

Driving at night means reduced visibility and therefore requires a different kind of concentration to driving in the day, especially journeys on poorly lit country roads.

Around 90% of a person’s ability to react while driving is based on what they can see ahead of them. But at night all aspects of sight are seriously affected, from peripheral vision to colour recognition, and there is also the risk of fatigue setting in. It is for these reasons that night driving is considered more dangerous than driving in the day. In fact, statistics show that a quarter of all car accidents happen between 4pm and 9pm when it is dark.

Safety Tips

Before you start a journey at night you should check that:

When driving at night you should:

Wearing glasses/contact lenses at night

If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses when driving, especially when it is dark, you should: