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Driving in the dark

The drop in visibility at night can lead to things just appearing in view. It’s also harder to judge speed and objects can be closer than they first appear. As a responsible driver, you should be prepared for the unexpected and drive at a speed that allows you to spot such hazards and react accordingly, by being able to brake or manoeuvre without endangering those around you. Not only is the distance you can see at night shortened, it also takes time for your eyes to adjust to the darkness after being in a lit building or driving on a well-lit road. Our eyes become less able to react quickly to changes in light as we get older, creating difficulty with colours and contrasts in poor lighting. Between the ages of 15 and 65, the time it takes to recover from glare increases from one to nine seconds, hence the reason some people find driving at night more demanding. To reduce the effects of eye fatigue at night, keep your eyes moving, scanning all around your field of vision instead of focusing on one area.