September 19, 2017

Driving in the dark

It is approaching the time of year when a great many of us will be driving to and from work in the dark. For this reason it is important to check that your lights are working properly and used when appropriate!

Obviously we use our headlights when driving in the dark in order to see clearly where we are going, and to ensure that we can be seen by other motorists. At the same time it is important (not to mention courteous) not to dazzle other road users by incorrectly using full beams. Headlight should be dipped when driving through built-up areas or when you are driving behind or approaching other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. If you’re driving under 30mph in a well-lit area it is not illegal to use your sidelights but you will do better to use dipped headlights for best possible visibility.

When driving on rural roads, have your full beams on whenever possible but immediately dip your lights whenever another road user approaches to avoid dazzling them. If you’re on the receiving end of full beams, avoid looking at the headlights of the oncoming vehicle, keep your attention on the left-hand kerb and be sure to keep your speed steady.

Safe driving from Britannia!