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Driving At Night

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Driving At Night

Tim HillerbyMorgan
16 September 2009


Driving at night can be fun. The freshness of the air. Seeing the lights of the car coming towards you. Looking out for the clues about the road.

Everything that makes driving at night fun can make it dangerous. The fresh air could be the start of frost on the roads. The lights could blind you and if you miss a clue about the road.

It is a shame that very few learners get to drive at night. There are a few driving schools and driving instructors that offer driving lessons at night. There is a bit to learn about driving at night. How to avoid being blinded by lights. The importance of shadows in the town.

Nighttime driving includes nighttime, dawn or dusk. Nighttime driving skills start as soon as the light changes for any reason.

Before you leave the house, make sure that your car is fit to be on the road. Do all the lights and indicators work? Is the screen clean inside and out? Make sure that you are fit to be on the road. Make sure that you are not too tired or have had any alcohol.

Some night time survival tips - Lights are for being seen by as well as seeing by. - Make sure that you can stop in the distance that you can see. - Dark coloured cars are harder to see at night. - Silver cars are harder to see at dawn, or dusk. - You must make sure that your lights are clean and in working order. - You cannot see as much or as far at night. - So reduce your speed and increase your hazard awareness. - Let your eyes adjust to the light. - Use main beam on unlit roads, but do not dazzle other drivers. - Avoid being dazzled by looking well ahead and slightly to the right.

Parking at night If you can you should avoid parking on the road at might. If you have to then there are strict rules about parking at night. If you are parking on a road with a speed limit of 30 or less you may switch your lights off. You may not park opposite a junction or within 10m of a junction. Make sure that you park in the left. If you are parking on any other road, make sure that you leave your sidelights on and park on the left. Try to park in a well-lit area with lots of people passing by. Your car will be harder to damage or steal


The Drivers Ed Company is working to improve driving standards in america and the UK. Its chief instructor Tim Hillerby - Morgan recently published The Student Driver Manual. You can download the manual at http://www.driversedcompany.com/studentdriver . Tim is a UK government approved driving instructor. He has driven in the police and in the customs service. Tim specializes in student drivers and American drivers in the UK.

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