Driving at night is one of the most visually demanding tasks we will encounter. If you experience any problems with driving after dusk you should book an eye examination and discuss this with your optometrist, as they may be able to help.
The issues with driving at night:
Depth perception, ability to distinguish colour, and peripheral vision, are all worse in low-light conditions.
Xenon and LED headlights are becoming more common. They are brighter than conventional halogen headlights. This benefits the driver but can be problematic for people driving oncoming vehicles.
As we age the lenses inside our eyes lose their transparency, which can result in experiencing more glare when driving at night.
Drivers tend to be more tired at night.
Headlights do not illuminate as much of the road as broad daylight.
Here are some guidelines to follow:
Be aware that driver eye care and night-time driving advice applies to all drivers, not just professional drivers, but those attending occasional meetings or running errands too.
Ensure your eyesight is checked not matter how infrequently you drive to work, to ensure your eyesight is good enough for driving.
Dim dashboard lights to avoid reflections and having to adjust your eyes from the dark road.
Turn your gaze away from the glare of oncoming headlights.
Keep windscreens and mirrors clean.
Reduce the effects of eye fatigue by keeping your eyes moving, scanning around the field of vision, rather than just focusing on one area.
Never wear dark or tinted lenses for driving at night.
Have your eyesight checked regularly – at least every two years. Eyesight can worsen gradually so changes are sometimes difficult to discern.
Have a look at the latest highway code manual for the latest information regarding our eyesight and driving.