Winter Means Shorter Days And More Collisions – Here’s How To Avoid A Collision When Driving At Night

We’re in the middle of winter here in Houston, Texas, and it seems like nighttime comes earlier and earlier everyday. With the shorter days, drivers find themselves having to navigate in the dark more frequently, which increases the chance of a collision. At Santa Ana Body Shop, we understand that safety is the most important part of driving, so we’ve listed some tips to help you avoid a nighttime collision:

  1. Check Your Headlights

Check your headlights to make sure they are clean. Foggy headlights reduce visibility at night, meaning you may not be able to see potential hazards. If your headlights are dirty, an easy DIY way to clean them is by rubbing toothpaste on them. After a few minutes of rubbing, simply wash the headlights with water and allow to air dry.

  1. Reduce Your Speed

While you should always drive at a safe speed, it is especially important to do so at night. The darkness can make it harder to see debris on the road, potholes, animals, or anything else that could lead to a collision. You should reduce your speed to give yourself plenty of time to react to anything unexpected that may suddenly appear.

  1. Use High Beams Sparsely

High beam headlights can be especially useful when you’re driving on a road that is not adequately lit. However, it is important to use them sparsely. These extremely bright lights can make it hard for other drivers to see. When you notice a car approaching you in the oncoming lane, simply switch your high beams off, wait for them to pass, and turn them back on. This helps other drivers stay safe, which can help keep you safe as well.

  1. Turn Your Headlights on Earlier

It’s better to turn your headlights on sooner, rather than later. Turning your headlights on about an hour before the sun goes down will make it easier for other drivers to see you at dusk, when visibility starts to become reduced due to darkness.

  1. Avoid Nighttime Glare

Nighttime glare can make it extremely hard to see when driving at night, making you more susceptible to becoming involved in a collision. However, there are some steps you can take to avoid this hazard. Glare can be caused by lights emitted from your dashboard, so always dim these lights if possible. Additionally, utilizing the day/night feature on your rearview mirror can help you avoid glare. To do this, simply flip the switch just underneath your rearview mirror.

While you can’t prevent the increased amount of darkness that comes with winter, you can help prevent yourself from getting in a nighttime accident. However, if you have been involved in a collision, Santa Ana Body Shop can help get your car looking great again. Call our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524 or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001 to get started today!

Written by Santa Ana Body Shop