Driving seems simple when you’ve been practicing for years, and yet it’s actually far from trivial. This requires great concentration and constant vigilance, in order to thwart traps and overcome difficulties. And this is even more the case night, as visibility decreases and fatigue begins to be felt. It’s natural, as the sun goes down, our body goes into a state of sleep, forcing us to pay extra attention to driving safely. Auto-Moto gives you a little help and lists five behaviors to avoid when you hit the road in the middle of the night.
Driving without lights (and not checking if they are working)
This seems obvious, and yet, given the number of cars driving without lights, it is always good to remember this basic rule. Because in addition to constituting an infringement of Traffic Laws, with a fine of 135 € and a withdrawal of 4 points on the driving license, driving without lights is also extremely dangerous. This obviously prevents you from seeing what is happening in front of you, but also from being seen, which greatly increases the risk of serious accidents. In addition, before leaving, do not forget to check that your lighting, a gesture too often neglected and yet essential.
Hit the road after a day’s work
We’ve all done it before, and some are fans of it: going on vacation at the end of the day, after work. What could be better than to end your day and hit the road for the weekend or more? Except that this practice is actually much riskier than you think. Indeed, according to a study, driving after 6:30 p.m. awake would be equivalent to driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.5 g / l! A data which then passes to 0.8 grams after 21 hours. What to think twice about leaving after working all day, when a little nap is enough to get back on your feet.
Fight fatigue and not take breaks
In fact, if you are ever tired of fatigue, the mistake to be made is obviously to ignore it and continue driving to reach your destination more quickly. On the contrary, the right thing to do is to stop on a highway and take a real break, as soon as the first signs of drowsiness are felt. Itchy eyes, an irrepressible need to move or even a loss of attention are signs that should not be overlooked, which can lead to falling asleep if left unchecked. If no area is present to you, open the windows to ventilate yourself and give yourself a little boost to the next gas station, where you can enjoy a good café that will put you back on your feet. If you can, a short nap of about 20 minutes can also be considered to get off to a good start.
Not adapting your speed and distance
Once again, it’s all about concentration, although in all cases, and even in broad daylight, adjusting your distance and speed is essential. But this advice is even more important at night, when visibility is significantly lower than during the day, considerably lengthening the reaction time in an emergency. Attention is also on the decline, going hand in hand with increased fatigue as the journey drags on. So as not to risk an accident, keep an even greater distance from the vehicle in front of you and reduce your speed. Simple advice that can make all the difference!
Do not turn off your high beams
If some forget to turn them on, others on the other hand have a harder time cutting them, and we have all already seen them. Of course, this has happened to us before too, let’s not lie to ourselves, and we have usually picked up flashes of headlights and other honking from disgruntled drivers. Because in addition to being unpleasant, leaving your Redlights illuminated is also dangerous, since it blinds oncoming motorists, who may then not see a danger on the road. In addition, be aware that leaving full headlights is also reprehensible by law, thus exposing you to a 4th class fine, i.e. € 135, but not to a withdrawal of points.
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