Night-Time Driving Preparation
Though few drivers would admit to favoring night-time driving over its day time counterpart, hitting the road after the sun’s daily departure is a seasonal inevitability. During the winter months almost everyone must drive in darkness thanks to daylight savings time and the annual revolution of our planet. The long days of the summer months then coax drivers to enjoy the sunshine as much as possible before it sets upon a wonderful evening.
Regardless of how great a day can be, however, night-time driving brings a number of challenges that can compromise your safety as an individual and the safety of anyone else on the road that evening. This is why Mazda of Lodi has collected some safety tips for night-time driving preparation.
Preparation is important for all the players involved in a night-time drive. This includes both you and the vehicle you will be piloting. As far as your preparation is concerned, maintaining the health of your eyes is an important safety measure that cannot be stressed enough. Annual eye exams are ideal, and so is talking to your optometrist about anything that you specifically may require for night-time driving.
After you have prepared yourself for night-time driving, it is time to prepare your vehicle. Both inside and outside there are some specific cleaning methods drivers can use to increase their visibility and overall safety. Starting on the outside, most drivers have likely seen headlamp covers that are hazy, clouded, and down-right disgusting. Investing in an easy-to-find polish kit will de-cloud any unclear covers and increase the effect of your headlight bulbs.
On the inside of your automobile, it is important to clean the inside of your windshield and clean it well. Though this portion of your vehicle may seem clean in the daylight, chances are that it is smudged in such a way that oncoming night-time headlamps will create a glare when you are behind the wheel. Drivers are wise to keep their fingers off the interior windshield and clean the area with what the professionals use—newspaper.
Mazda of Lodi hopes that these tips have prepared you to tackle night driving in the safest manner possible. Stay tuned to the Mazda of Lodi blog for more safety tips and the year progresses. Continue to share your safe driving habits with friends and family as well.