Driving at Night
Stay safe on the road when Daylight Savings Time ends
Your commute home from work was sunny all summer, but when Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 1, we lose a critical hour of daylight and you’ll be driving in darker conditions.
As we turn back the clocks, here are five tips for nighttime driving safety.
Tune up your ride.
Catch up on general vehicle maintenance before winter weather hits. Check your brakes, tires, headlights and wipers to make sure your vehicle is running properly and address any mechanical issues to reduce the risk of roadside incidents after dark.
Prepare for breakdowns.
If your vehicle does break down, you’ll need to draw the attention of oncoming traffic so other motorists can steer clear of your stopped vehicle. Keep reflective markers, road flares and a reflective safety vest in your trunk as part of a roadside safety kit. Also include flashlights, first aid supplies, gloves, jumper cables, blankets and tools, along with the equipment to change a tire.
Monitor road conditions.
The end of Daylight Saving Time doesn’t just mean nightfall comes faster; it also means worsening weather conditions. Fall brings precipitation mixed with leaves littering the roads, which can impact driving conditions and impair visibility. Consider replacing your wiper blades to maintain good visibility, and be on the lookout for puddles or leaves piled on the side of the road.
Get to your car safely.
Park in well-lit areas when possible, and scan the parking lot before leaving your building. Also carry Mace® Brand Pepper Spray for protection in case someone is lurking in the shadows to take advantage of the early darkness.
The best piece of safe driving advice is to always be aware of your surroundings. Be alert for cyclists, runners and pedestrians who are less visible after dark. And if you’re the one walking or biking at night, make yourself more visible to motorists with reflective clothing or Mace® Brand Nite Beams Armbands.