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Helpful tips for driving at night

Driving at night really isn’t much different than driving during the day. For the most part, the road is still well-lit and you can see just fine. However, nighttime driving does come with its own concerns. If you don’t do the right things, it can be a bit difficult to drive safely at night. Keep reading to learn more. 

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3 tips for nighttime driving 

Keep your brights in check white car with headlights on driving at night

Your high-beam headlights are great tools for seeing better at night. But they can also be dangerous if used at the wrong time. You should never have your brights on when you are behind another car or when there is a vehicle in the oncoming lane. Your high beams can blind other motorists, and that obviously can have catastrophic consequences. 

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Dim your interior lights 

This is another way you can avoid distracting other drivers as well as yourself. If the lights on your dash are too bright, they can cause a glare on your windshield. Most vehicles have an interior lighting dial near the steering wheel. If possible, dim your lights so you can maximize your visibility. 

Give drivers more space 

Since visibility is lower at night, you should give other motorists more time to react to the unexpected. Add an extra car length or two to your following distance (which should be three or four car lengths already). 

Nighttime driving is perfectly safe, but many people don’t like to do so because other drivers often ignore the safety tips we listed above. Be extra cautious, and just be smart on the roads. Come to us with any additional safety questions or concerns you have. 

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