Bright sunlight

Bright sunlight

In bright conditions glare and dazzle can cause discomfort to some drivers. Dazzle is a serious hazard, you may not be able to see for a second or two and you will have to rely on what you have memorized of the scene ahead.

You may find it difficult to read some traffic signs if the sky behind the sign is bright. The shape of the sign will help you.

Entering and leaving a tunnel in bright conditions needs special care. If you are wearing sunglasses when entering a tunnel you will be unable to see at first.

On leaving a tunnel do not drive too fast, particularly if you are unsure of the road layout or if you are approaching a toll plaza.

Driving at night

When driving at night use your headlamps even if there are street lights. This will help pedestrians to see you more easily. Do not drive only with parking lights.

It is very difficult to see pedestrians at night, especially when the road surface is wet and shiny because of reflections and glare. At night drivers and pedestrians become tired and find it more difficult to concentrate, judge speeds and distances, and see properly.

Driving at night or in the half light of dusk and dawn can be more difficult than driving during the day. Stopping distances increase with speed but the range of your headlamps does not. Therefore reduce speed for night driving so that the overall stopping distance is well within the range of your headlamps.

You must switch on lights during the hours of darkness including dusk and dawn.

You should use headlamps at night on all roads where there are no street lights.

You must dip your headlamps where there are street lights or in the face of approaching traffic.

Divert your eyes, when you meet high beams head on. Don' t stare into them. Look to the left edge of the road. Safety experts recommend that you should not flick your high beams to warn the other driver, although this is common practice. Never, however, should you get even by leaving your own high beams on. This only increases the chances of an accident.

If dazzled by approaching Traffic, slow down or stop.

Dip your headlamps when passing other vehicles or road users and also when driving close behind another vehicle so as not to dazzle the driver.

Even if your headlamps are dipped, do not drive so close behind another vehicle as to dazzle the driver.

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When you are following on dipped headlamps - the illustration on the left shows the right way, provided that your speed is low enough. The illustration on the right shows the wrong way as the driver in front is dazzled by your headlamps through the rear window.