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Road Safety: Night Edition

  With Daylight Savings fast approaching many commuters will find themselves forced to drive in the dark. Nighttime-related dangers like blinding high-beam lights of approaching cars and obscured sightlines are not to be taken lightly. Even though we gain an extra hour of sleep this weekend, the event is more than a reason for celebration. Below are the top tips for driving in the dark: 1. Keep it clean. It may seem obvious, but the quickest and easiest safety trick you can use involves your windshield and mirrors. Wipe them down and keep them clear. Smudges or streaks only further obscure vision and may result in distorted, dangerous reflections. You should also treat your car's lights with the same routine: to ensure they perform brightly and effectively you should wipe off your headlights and brake lights. This way your fellow drivers can see you and what you're doing, which cuts down on the chances of collision. 2. Pay attention to brightness. This doesn't just apply to your bright high beam lights, but all other illuminated things in your vehicle. Some good safety measures to take include dimming the lights of your dashboard so your eyes are not blinded or your vision compromised due to the disparity of the light inside and the dark outside. Keep all interior lights off and insist your passengers adhere to this rule. It is very important your eyes adjust to the darkness you are driving in and these procedures are safe ones to take. Bonus tip: avoid looking into the bright headlights of oncoming cars or at any other sources of other bright light to maintain adjustment. 3. Take care of your eyes. Night blindness is a real issue and if you think you may suffer from it, talk to your doctor. If you already wear glasses regularly or for something such as the aforementioned issue, you need to make sure your glasses are helping you during your drive rather than bothering you. Avoid tinted lenses and stay up to date with your prescription. 4. Slow it down. Perhaps the easiest way to make your night drive safer is to simply slow down a bit. You may not be able to see that far in front of you and a slower driving speed will allow you to stop sooner and safer.   As always, if you find yourself or someone you know as a victim of an accident, contact Rhett Hoestenbach, personal injury lawyer, to get the support and guidance you need. Happy Daylight Savings and stay safe out there!

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