Drivers offered night-time tips

Simon Elstow, head of training at IAM Drive and Survive, has offered motorists his top tips on how to drive safely in the dark.

Several of his tips involve making sure that people have the best visibility possible, firstly by ensuring they have had their eyesight checked and are wearing suitable glasses or contact lenses. They are also advised to ensure their lights and windscreens are clean.

The expert reminded drivers to use their main beam when driving in the dark but to drop it when following another car or driving towards oncoming traffic, to avoid dazzling other road users.

He also warned drivers that it is illegal to use fog lights if visibility is not below 100m as they can look like brake lights and confuse other motorists.

Finally, he reminded drivers not to get behind the wheel if they are too tired. If they are feeling tired, he suggests drinking a cup of coffee and having a 20 minute nap before driving.

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