Be Safe in Massachusetts: Roadway Safety Tips

Roadway Safety Tips

Roadway Safety Tips

Ten Safety Tips to Consider For:

Night Driving

  1. Maintain your car for night driving. Keep headlights, tail lights, signal lights and windows (inside and out) clean to improve visibility.
  2. Be sure your headlights are properly aimed. Mis-aimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
  3. When following another vehicle, keep your headlights on low beams so you donít blind the driver ahead of you.
  4. Avoid smoking when you drive. Smokeís nicotine and carbon monoxide hamper night vision.
  5. Donít overdrive your headlights. You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area. If you are not, you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.
  6. If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible. Warn approaching traffic by turning on flashers and the dome light.
  7. Reduce your speed and increase your following distances. It is more difficult to judge other vehicle speeds and distances at night.
  8. Make frequent stops for light snacks and exercise. If you are too tired to drive, stop and rest.
  9. If a vehicle doesnít lower beams from high to low, watch the right edge of the road and use it as a steering guide.
  10. Be sure your headlights are on. Turning them on in early twilight will not only help you see better, but will make it easier for other drivers to see you. Being seen is as important as seeing.