Driving at night

How to Make Your Car Safer for Night Driving

According to research, traffic accidents occur more at night than during the day. Night driving has proven to be a challenge to many drivers around the world. This is because at night there is darkness and drivers depend on daylight for better visibility on the road.
Below is how to make your car safer for night driving.


Clean the headlights and taillights

The first step you need to do is clean the headlights, taillights and the indicators. To accomplish this well you need the following items: toothpaste, a rag, and water. Squeeze some toothpaste onto the cloth and proceed to scrub the headlights, taillights, and indicators. You can either use a circular motion or a back to forth motion. Once you have scrubbed the dirt off, you need to rinse the headlights, taillights, and indicators with water.

After rinsing, you should see the headlights, taillights, and indicators are clean and visible.

Clean your windshield and back window

You need a rag and a windshield cleaning solution. Start by spraying the cleaner on the windshield. Scrub lightly with the rag to remove dirt. Rinse with water to ensure the cleaning agent is gone. Wipe to dry. You need to always ensure that your windshield wiper fluid tank is always full with clean liquid.

After you have finished with the windshield, you need to clean the back window as well. This will provide visibility of drivers behind you.

Tweak the aim of your headlights

Headlights light the way during the night providing proper visibility to the driver. It is therefore important to have the lights properly aimed. This will enable the driver to see better at night and be able to spot obstructions early.

Turn your lights at medium beam at night

When driving at night, it is important to ensure that your lights are set at the medium beam. Setting the headlight full will reduce visibility for other oncoming drivers and may lead to an accident.

You need to also avoid flashing other drivers with full headlights signifying they lower their beam. This might lead also to an accident. While driving behind another driver at night, do not use high beam. You need to set them at medium mode so as not to distract the driver in front of you.

Have your car serviced

You need to have your car checked for any problems. Areas that need to be checked include the braking system, electrical system, wiper blades, spare tire and other areas. Having this done early will remove any problems that might lead you not to be in control of your car leading to an accident.

Have reflective triangles in your car

The reflective triangles are very important, especially during the night. In case of a problem with your car, you need to set one reflective triangle few feet ahead of your car and also set the other a few feet behind your car. This will warn other oncoming drivers. You can also carry a flashlight and a handheld car fire extinguisher just in case.

Kids in the car
Having sleeping kids in the car is a dream. But what if they are distracting you with their Clash Royale PC game? It can be very dangerous. As such, try to remove all electronics because the sound and visual backlight coming from the back seat may distract you – especially when you’re feeling already so sleepy at night!
how to safely cross train tracks in your car

How To Safely Cross Train Tracks In Your Car

Car Safety Tips for Railroad Crossings

Working trains are still very much a part of everyday life, despite the popularity of more modern forms of transit. When approaching railroad tracks, always be expecting a train whether you regularly see them or not. Train and car accidents are not overly common, but when they do occur they tend to be deadly. Remember that train cars are often wider than the railroad tracks and it will take a train much longer to stop than your vehicle.

Railroad crossings require drivers to pay special attention to all of their surroundings. As you approach the tracks, take note of the number, if any, of cars ahead of you. If there is a line, wait patiently for each car to cross the tracks and then begin your process. Be careful not to blindly follow the cars ahead of you as this could cause you to become stuck on the tracks. You don’t want to end up like someone on a wobbly subway surfers programme!

Approach all railroad crossings slowly and come to a complete stop approximately 15 feet from the rails. Look both ways down the tracks for any signs of oncoming trains. Gates, lights, and bells are typical warning signs you will see at a railroad crossing. Pay special attention to these warnings and do not ignore them. These warnings are mechanical and subject to malfunction so do not rely solely on them either. Be sure to keep your window rolled down as you examine the tracks so you can listen for the train whistle as well. All trains do not necessarily blow their whistle at every crossing, but it is a common practice. Now that you have thoroughly checked out the situation, look both ways down the tracks again.

If, after following the steps above, you have confidently determined there are no approaching trains you may proceed over the tracks. Cross the tracks slowly and continue monitoring the scene for any changes in the warning signs. Once you have started moving, don’t stop even if there is a change. If you are driving a manual shift vehicle you will want to use the highest gear your car allows you to use without shifting. Shifting gears while on the railroad tracks could cause your vehicle to stall.

Do not attempt to beat a train by speeding up and reaching the crossing first or crossing quickly as it approaches. The weight and speed of the train are more than you might guess and could be life-threatening. If you encounter a train stopped that is blocking the crossing, do not attempt to go around the train. Turn your vehicle around and choose a different route to take. If another route is not an option, look on the train cars for a phone number or company name. Call the company to let them know there is an issue and let your local police department know as well.

Crossing railroad tracks can be a part of everyday life that drivers take for granted. Use these tips when crossing to stay safe.