Avoiding Personal Injury: Tips for Driving Safe at Night
Whatever your reason for driving at night, there are be too many variables to list here. However, every motorist is entitled to feel safe and obliged to drive safe at night. Here are some tips for driving at night which can reduce the risk of being involved in an accident and suffering from personal injury:
- The main one – never drive tired at night. Always make sure you get plenty of kip before a long night journey especially if your occupation involves night driving. You have an obligation to your employer not to drive with tiredness.
- If you are tired during your night drive shift, then you need to discuss with your employer. Never be afraid to discuss these types of issue. Remember your employer has a duty of care and is responsible for your health and safety. If you feel you are being over worked or driving too much at night, then you need to have this discussion quickly.
- If you’re self-employed – you should know your responsibilities. Never drive tired.
- Before a long journey (perhaps you’re travelling back from holiday?) check you have wiper fluid and water for the wind screen. You don’t want dirt from the windscreen to obscure your vision.
- You should always check tyre pressure anyway before a long journey but it’s especially good to check this again at night if you haven’t for some time.
- If you start to feel tired while driving at night, or your head is bobbing or your eyelids heavy you must find somewhere safe to stop and sleep. Do not risk your life and others’ lives.
- A bit of fresh air circulation always helps on a long drive. Open a window a couple of inches for a few moments or better still turn up the air-con and reduce the internal car temperature. People often drive when the temperature is too warm which can increase tiredness.
- Never rely on Red-Bull, Coca-Cola or a typical cup of Coffee. Caffeine is not an alternative to tiredness and should never be relied upon. It’s an ephemeral stimulant which means it doesn’t last long. People also have different tolerant levels to different stimulants so just don’t bother. *See tip #1 – never drive tired, full-stop.
- Keep your body well hydrated. Drink plenty of water and keep a good bottle of water handy for a long road trip.
- A torch is always good as well (not forgetting your night high-visibility vest, warning triangle, phone charger, blankets, night snacks)
- Put the night-mode on your Satellite Navigation System (Sat-Nav) which will protect your eyes better
- Investing in a Dash-Cam might be a good idea. Having one certainly helps in making a personal accident claim a lot simpler if there is a road traffic accident.
- Take plenty of breaks. Plan. Too many people are obsessed with getting from A to B without a road stop. It’s never a good idea to drive with a break, even to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. This is the reason you should plan stopping into your journey, especially a night drive.