Driving at Night

Driving in the dark, is much harder as you are limited to what you can see, so less information is available.

The different issues can arise depending on the type of road, and the amount of traffic.

Your lights are the most important source of information to you, and they will help other road users know your movements. You need to use your lights with utmost care and consideration.

You need to keep your lights clean at all times.

Use dipped or full beam headlights at night as appropriate.

You also need to use dipped headlights during the day if visibility is poor, as this will help other road users to see you clearly.

You should always carry a spare set of bulbs, and check all your light before making that night journey.

Find and fix any lighting issues straight away, for the safety of yourself, and others.

Auxiliary driving lights are part of the main beam but they allow you to improve the view of the road ahead, but they must be switched off if over cars can be seen, as you may dazzle the driver.

You are only allowed to have one pair of dipped beam headlights fitted to the front

Front fog light must not be used unless the visibility has been seriously reduced.

Coming to a junction or waiting in traffic at night, you need to be aware that your brake lights can dazzle the driver behind you, so use your handbrake, except in fog.

Travelling at night, you need to be more alert, and aware that you might not be able to drive as fast as you can during the day, this includes at dawn and dusk, even in good weather.

You cannot drive so fast that you cannot stop well within the distance that you can see clearly.

On lit roads, you would normally use dipped headlights, whereas on an unlit road you can use the main beam, but turn it off, if you are following another car, or you are meeting oncoming traffic.

Stopping at night is normally within the range of your lights, if you cannot stop within that range, then you are driving too fast, and you need to slow down to stay safe.