This subject, driving distractions, comes to the forefront far more as the days become shorter and more of us are driving in the dark. Aside from the obvious darkness and having to use your lights to see and be seen, also you will tend to tire more quickly and could be dazzled by bright lights.
While some distractions like dazzling headlights can’t be avoided, others can be. Try to keep your attention focused on the road at all times, do not get distracted by sightseeing, your mobile phone or smoking behind the wheel. Don’t forget to take regular breaks too, if you feel drowsy, stop as soon as it is safe to do so.
It is said that you can lose your vision for up to two seconds when you have been been momentarily blinded by an oncoming car. I’m sure we’ve all had that happen to us, as drivers and passengers. Some cars, these days, have automatic dip-beam function but it is still a dangerous problem as you can still be blinded by vehicles even when the lights are dipped. The quality of lights and the angle of the beam or beam pattern can also be a factor. Xenon bulbs are quite popular as they create a brighter light than traditional halogen ones. They improve the visibility for the driver, but create a strong glow for oncoming motorists.
Whilst you can not stop other drivers making mistakes, you can make sure you don’t fall into any of these traps and potentially cause a fatal accident.
Take care as you drive this winter, avoid driving distractions!