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Driving guide - How to reduce glare when driving at night?

Snapshot: If you cannot avoid driving in night, here are some tips on how to reduce glare

Driving at night can be a daunting task sometimes. It is more dangerous due to a significant reduction in visibility. Glare from the headlights of other vehicles can temporarily blind you. Night driving causes us to lose depth perception and our peripheral vision, our pupils also dilate which can lead to blurriness. While our headlights help us to see what is directly in front of us, they can also blind other drivers or vice versa. To minimize the risk of night driving here are few helpful tips.

Clean car windows
Clean the windscreen and glass surface regularly. Any stain or dust on the glass can scatter light, resulting in reducing the contrast of objects on the roadway and making them appear invisible. Don't forget to clean the windscreen from inside as plastic chemicals can slowly build up on the glass.

Clean car headlights
Over the time car headlights can become dirty. It is important to clean them so that they work at their optimum level and they are bright. This way you will see better in front and to the side of your vehicle.

Get your eyesight check
Many of us neglect getting our eyes check at the optician. Other than the usual deterioration in eyesight over time, other issues may be found that effect vision and glare whilst driving at night. Glaucoma and cataracts are known conditions that cause problems whilst driving at night. Also check regularly that your prescription glasses or contact lenses are up-to-date. Your eye specialist can help confirm this for you.

Look at the sides of objects
If you are driving in dim light, try and focus on the edges or outlines of objects. Your eyes tend to pick up images more sharply this way than by looking directly at the object.

Avoid being blinded by oncoming high beams
If the oncoming vehicle is driving on high beam, to avoid being blinded look towards the right side of the road, or left side of the road. Stay on the course until the vehicle passes. Also you can turn the headlights of your vehicle onto high beam.

Anti-glare rear view mirror
The internal rear view mirror will have a flip switch which is ideal to eliminate glare from the rear in your mirror.

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