Tips on night driving for learner drivers

June 15, 2016 11:46 pm Published by

High Risk

All drivers on the road have an increased risk of crashing late at night, but the risk is much greater for inexperienced young drivers.

Sixteen and seventeen year old ‘P Plate’ drivers experience late night crash rates are up to seven times their day-time rates.

It requires greater skill and concentration to drive at night than during the daytime. To assist learner drivers to gain hands-on experience in night driving they are required to log at least 10 hours of actual night time driving with their driver trainer or supervisor.

 

How to Stay Safe Driving at Night

  • Pedestrians & Bikes: Keep an eye out for pedestrians and bicycles on the road as they can be hard to see at night, and be cautious near pedestrian crossings.
  • Clean your Windscreen: Ensure the headlights and windscreen are clean to make it easier to see.
  • No Distractions: Have phones and i-pads on silent and keep distractions in the car to a minimum.
  • Bright Lights: Avoid looking directly into the dazzling bright headlights of oncoming traffic. Instead look towards the left hand side of the road and drive well to the left of the road.
  • Plan Route: Take a moment before you set out to review and plan your route. Be prepared – be safe.

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This post was written by Hervey Bay Driving School