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Night time driving tips

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Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is giving drivers weekly safety advice from the UK's top advanced driving trainer, Peter Rodger. This week he is offering tips on travelling on dark highways.

Mr Rodger described night time driving as "a rather different experience to driving in daylight". He explained that speeds and distances are harder to perceive, blinding from headlights can occur and motorists are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel.

He provides pointers on how to reduce the risk of accidents while driving.

Firstly, he advises motorists to keep their lights and windscreens clean to ensure an adequate view of the road.

Full beam lights should be used, but lights should be dipped for oncoming cars so as not to obscure the vision of other drivers.

Switch off or dim all lights inside the vehicle to reduce any glare on the windows.

Drivers should ensure that there is a safe braking distance between their car and the vehicle in front.

If drivers experience mechanical breakdown they should stop on the hard shoulder, as far away from the traffic as possible with the wheels facing the kerb.

Mr Rodger added: "Currently there are several stretches of motorway in Britain which have no lighting, making the hours of darkness even more challenging for motorists."

published: 08/02/2013 17:00:00

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