Improving Driver Visibility at Night

Nov 05, 2009

With the end of Daylight Savings Time in recent memory, Automotive Fleet is providing some tips for improving visibility in the dark courtesy of the Kentucky Driver Manual. Pass these tips along to your fleet drivers and keep them safe all year long!

  • Use your high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles, except when fog or other inclement weather would make low beams more appropriate.
  • Properly adjusted high beams let you see twice as far as low beams. It is very important to use them on unfamiliar roads, in construction areas, or where there may be people along the side of the road.
  • Dim your lights whenever you come within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle and when you are following another vehicle within 200 feet.
  • Slow down and use low beams in fog, snow or heavy rain. The light from high beams will reflect back and cause glare during these conditions.
  • If the lights of an oncoming vehicle remain on high beam, dim your lights and look toward the right side of the road. This will keep you from being blinded by the oncoming vehicle’s headlights. Do not try to “get back” at the other driver by keeping your bright lights on. If you do, both of you may be blinded.

For drivers who wear corrective lenses, there are some additional tips:

  • Always wear your corrective lenses when you drive. If you are not wearing them and you happen to be stopped by a police officer, you may be issued a citation.
  • Avoid using dark glasses or tinted contact lenses at night. They cut down the light and make it more difficult to see.