Headlight Safety TipsThe new developments, while concerning, also shine a light on how important headlight safety is. With this in mind, here are some headlight safety tips to assist you:
Night DrivingNight driving can be dangerous. The darker conditions take time for your eyes to become acclimated; your visibility reduces, and more obstacles can be on the road by way of night drivers and animals. To ensure you should be driving at night, the first tip is to receive vision checkups regularly. If you require glasses, try to find ones with an anti-glare lens. This helps you to avoid straining your eyes when in traffic. Moreover, if you have vision impairments which prevent you from reading signs or spotting objects far or near during night driving, then find an alternative such as having a friend drive or use a ride-sharing application. If you require glasses, try to find ones with anti-glare lens. This helps you to avoid straining your eyes when in traffic. Moreover, if you have vision impairments which prevent you from reading signs or spotting objects far or near during night driving, then find an alternative such as having a friend drive or use a ride-sharing application.
Vision ObstaclesThere’s nothing worse than driving at night with a dirty windshield. If or when another driver approaches from the other side of the road, not only will your visibility reduce from the headlight glare, the dirt from the windshield can amplify that glare, making it more difficult to read the road conditions ahead of you. To prevent this from happening, be sure to clean your windshield regularly. Another component that can help or hinder your visibility depending on condition is the windshield wipers. Clean windshield wipers can provide better visibility in dark and wet conditions. Meanwhile, old or dirty windshield wipers won’t clean the windshield effectively, making it harder to see when you need to the most. Lastly, the interior lighting in your SUV can play tricks with your eyes. You can minimize this from messing with you by dimming the lights on your dash, according to DMV.org.
Driver ImpairmentsThere are many things that could prevent us from paying full attention to the road. At night, fatigue can be a big issue. You’ve had a long drive; you’re getting off work after a long day or you haven’t been sleeping well. As you become drowsy, your reaction time slows down. Even worse, you could fall asleep at the wheel. The National Sleep Foundation states sleep-deprived drivers account for over 50,000 serious injuries each year. If you become drowsy when driving, here are some things you can do:
- Ask someone else—if applicable---to drive.
- Find a place to take a break. Step out of the car and walk around for a few minutes. Grab a cup of coffee. If these things don’t energize you, consider staying the night where you are—if traveling—or call a ride-share service to pick you up.
- If you are doing a long drive, take a break every hour. This breaks up the trip and gives you mind a chance to wake up.
- One other alternative is to find a safe place to park and nap.
Our ImpressionsThe findings from the IIHS on headlight effectiveness can be concerning. At the same time, many SUVs come with accident-avoidance technologies which can detect obstacles in the road, alert you to them, and in some instances apply the brakes to help you stop in time. And in the case of the Kia Sorento, the SUV earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS, so while the headlights need some work, it’s clear the rest of the SUV is up to par concerning safety. What all this illustrates is safety is all-encompassing. Taking care of your SUV, eliminating distractions, and practicing safe driving behaviors will go a long way to keeping you safe.
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