Drive Safe at Night With These Helpful Tips From Biggers Mazda

September 24th, 2012 by

Car-Leaving-CityPromoting safe driving is one of the top concerns at our Mazda dealership near Arlington Heights. While the vehicles we sell are equipped with the latest safety features, every driver can always improve their skills. This is especially true when it comes to night driving where driver’s have to be ready for drunk drivers, animals, and other unexpected dangers all the while dealing with little light and fatigue. Biggers Mazda has assembled some tips for drivers on how to improve their night driving.

Night Driving Tips

To help improve visibility, make sure to clean your car windows and headlights once a week., and make sure no lenses are cracked or broken. Make sure to come in right away to our Arlington Heights-area Mazda service center if you find any broken glass or burned out bulbs. Another way to check your headlights is to position your car about 20 feet from a stationary wall. Check to see if lights hit at the same height and are straight.

Keep a sharp eye out for animals that may be crossing the road, which is far more likely to happen at night. Stay farther behind cars than you would normally do during the day; lower visibility means you may not see obstruction as soon and might need to make a faster stop. To improve reaction time, don’t try to multitask. Checking a text message or changing your iPod is not worth getting hit by a drunk driver.

Dealing With Fatigue

Of course, one of the largest problems with night driving is being tired. You may feel like you can push through and make it to your destination, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Pull over to the side of the road or at a rest stop for a quick nap. On a longer trip, make a stop every hour to walk around and get some exercise, which will keep you more alert.

At Biggers Mazda, we value our customers’ safety. If you have any questions about the safety systems in your car or questions about your Mazda’s lights, don’t hesitate to give us a call. For more safety tips, like our Mazda dealership on Facebook and keep reading our blog!