First-Time Night Driving Tips For Learners
All learner drivers in VIC and NSW need at least 20 hours of night driving practice. But driving at night can be a bit intimidating, particularly if you’ve never done it before. Even with bright headlights and streetlights, visibility is seriously reduced compared to daytime driving.
So how can you stay safe as a first-time night driver? Here are a few tips from LTrent Driving School that will help you drive safely during the night time!
1. Check Your Car’s Lights Before Driving
You should check that all of your brake lights work, including the brake light at the top of the boot (third brake light). You should also check your headlights, hazard lights, and all other lights to make sure they work and are functioning properly.
2. Beware Of Oncoming Traffic & Headlights
In some cases, you can be temporarily blinded by oncoming drivers with bright headlights. This is particularly common around bends or on the top of hills where a driver may be coming toward you unexpectedly.
So always be ready for oncoming cars. Avoid looking directly at them and their headlights, and focus on a darker part of the road in front of you to preserve your night vision.
3. Use Your High Beams Properly
High beams help light up your surroundings more clearly, and are particularly helpful in rural areas without streetlights.
However, your high beams should only be used when you’re at least 200 metres clear of vehicles in front of you, and of oncoming vehicles.
This is so that you don’t end up blinding other drivers. High beams can shine directly in their eyes, which can lead to a serious accident.
4. Keep Your Eyes Moving At All Times
At night, there’s a tendency to look only at what’s ahead of you. But you should try your best to keep your eyes moving at all times, and look at your rear view mirror and side view mirrors. This helps you stay more alert and aware of other vehicles while driving at night.
5. Watch For Wildlife
Watch for wildlife crossing signs on the side of the road. Particularly in rural and suburban areas, twilight and night are times when lots of animals will begin crossing roads – so know when you’re in a high-risk area, and slow down and be ready to react if an animal is in the road.
6. Don’t Drive Tired Or Late At Night
If you feel tired, don’t drive at night. Drowsy driving is dangerous, particularly for new drivers, and you should only drive when you feel fully-rested. Avoid driving when you’re tired and it’s very late, since you could be more prone to mistakes and inattention that can lead to dangerous on-road situations.
Follow These Tips To Have An Easier Time Driving At Night As A Learner Driver
Driving at night isn’t easy at first, and it can affect your vision and depth perception. But as you get more used to it, you’ll find that it becomes much easier to drive safely and feel confident at night.
Need help? Contact LTrent Driving School today to schedule lessons. We offer driving lessons at night, and can help you get used to night driving in NSW or VIC. Get started right away.
To gain more practical night driving experience for Learner Drivers as well as more Safe Driving Mastery and an extra 20 log book hours, remember to book the Safer Drivers Coursewith us.