Are you ready for driving in the dark?

25th October 2013

This weekend sees the clocks going back an hour (Sunday October 27th), which means many drivers will be getting behind the wheel in the dark.

For many motorists this can be a stressful and daunting situation to be in, as a high number of people are not comfortable driving when the sun goes down, for a variety of reasons.

However, in a bid to prepare motorists for the darker nights, road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists has offered some helpful tips and hints.

The organisation's top advanced driver Peter Rodger urged drivers to keep their windscreen and lights as clean and clear in order to improve visibility as much as possible.

He also recommended using the headlights of the car in front to allow you to see further ahead and spot any potential dangers and hazards, as well as using the reflective road signs to understand where the road is going.

Mr Rodger said: “The risk of collisions increases in the dark as visibility is reduced. In poor weather remember that you still need to see things like large pools of water or fallen trees in the dark – so adjust your driving to suit all the conditions combined.”

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