Advice for New Drivers

It’s very different driving at night than it is in the daytime. Visibility is lowered which makes it difficult to judge things like the speed and distance of other vehicles on the road.

Pointers to help keep you safe on the roads at night:

  • Keep your lights clean and check they’re working properly (including your hazard lights). It’s a driving offence to have faulty lights.
  • Windscreen wipers are really important in bad weather, so make sure they work and give your windscreen the once over to check it’s clear. Also make sure there’s water in the windscreen washers.
  • If you’re feeling sleepy while driving then stop and take a break. Make sure you stop in a safe place (e.g. not the hard shoulder on a motorway), get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and drink some coffee or an energy drink.
  • If you’re feeling tired then it’s best not to go on any long journeys. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’ll be okay. Your reaction time slows down, and just shutting your eyes for a second can cause a collision.
  • Driving at speed might get you there quicker but not always in one piece. You’re safer to drive at a speed where you can stop safely within the distance that you can see in your headlights.
  • Remember when overtaking that speed and distance are affected at night, and it can be difficult to judge. So take your time to make sure you judge your speed and distance correctly.
  • Don’t be tempted to use your fog lights when there is no fog. They won’t help you to see the road any better and it simply dazzles other drivers.