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Driving at Night

One of the biggest issues when driving at night is reduced visibility. Your view is limited to the distance illuminated by your vehicle’s headlights, and you do not have the advantage of color and contrast that you have during the daytime.

Low light. Being able to see well during the daytime does not necessarily mean that you will see well while driving at night.

  • After driving four or five hours on a sunny day, it may take an hour or more for your eyes to adjust to low light at dusk or night.
  • Some people may not adapt well to low light and should avoid driving at night.
  • Driving at night also reduces your ability to see to the sides of your vehicle.
  • Regardless of how effective your headlights are, they do not adequately light off-road areas.

Glare and recovery time. While driving at night, all drivers are affected temporarily by the glare of headlights and brightly lit signs or buildings.

  • Most people’s eyes recover from such glare within three to five seconds.
  • Recovery times of seven seconds or longer are not uncommon.
  • Typically, the time to recover from glare while driving at night increases with age.
  • People with cataracts will find their ability when driving at night is severely impaired.


Click on each of the tips to find out how to combat glare at night.