Nighttime driving is always a bit difficult, but with Daylight Savings Time in effect, more hours will be spent driving at night. Nearly 90 percent of your ability to react relies on sight and the ability to see goes down dramatically at night. Even if you are not tired, your mind can start playing tricks on you and you may start seeing things that really aren't there.
Below are a few simple tips to make nighttime driving a little easier:
Look at least 12-15 seconds or one-quarter mile ahead. At night, drive slow enough to stop within the distance of your headlights. If you need glasses for vision correction, make sure they have an anti-reflective coating to keep light from bouncing around. If you don’t need glasses for vision correction, it’s best to not wear any at night. Don’t stare at oncoming headlights. If your eyes can’t focus, watch the white line when oncoming traffic approaches. Dim instrument panel and dash lights to avoid competing with your forward vision. Clean and adjust mirrors prior to your trip and when trailer is straight. Polish the glass inside and out with newspaper to remove residue and decrease glare. Keep all lights clear of mud and dirt. Have replacement bulbs on hand.