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Dawn and dusk

These can be tricky times behind the wheel and demand your full attention. The road surface, pedestrians and other vehicles often are shrouded in shadow at these hours, while the sky remains fairly bright. That contrast creates a problem – the light sky prevents drivers’ eyes from adjusting to the darker road and identifying hazards quickly, so increase your following distance and drop back from the car ahead of you. The smart way to stay safe at dusk is to turn your headlights on before it gets dark while the sun is low in the sky. Not only will your headlights provide additional illumination for you, they will make it easier for other drivers to see you. Again, people on foot can be hard to spot at these low-light hours, and because there’s still light in the sky, pedestrians may not realise drivers cannot see them.