As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, we’re all spending more time driving in the dark. Night-time driving brings a new set of challenges, so here are some of our top tips to help you stay safe on the road during the evening hours.
It’s illegal to drive with a bulb that’s failed – and that goes for any bulb, not just headlights. Make sure you check your bulbs regularly, and consider keeping a spare bulb kit in the car in case a bulb fails when you’re out and about. Just enter your vehicle registration number in our online checker to find the appropriate kit for your vehicle.
It’s also good to know that WeFit bulbs from £5 (interior and exterior lights) and £8 (headlights), so pop into your local Halfords store or autocentre. We’ll fit your new bulb while you wait, and get you back on the road and out of the dark in no time.
Your depth perception, ability to distinguish colour, and peripheral vision are all worse in low-light conditions. Investing in high-performance headlight bulbs can help put up to 150% more light on the road, exactly where you need it. This will increase your viewing distance and make street signs and road markings clearer, helping you to spot hazards sooner.
It’s always a good idea to replace bulbs in pairs – that way, the light output will always be even from both headlights. This is especially important for night-time driving because it’ll give you the best chance of seeing hazards early and won’t compromise depth perception.
If you’ve ever been dazzled by other road drivers and blamed high-performance beams, chances are that the headlights weren’t properly aligned. Headlights slip out of position over time, which means that the light’s not focused correctly on the road. Make sure to get them realigned every so often to get the maximum amount of light pointed at the right point on the road.
The danger of falling asleep at the wheel is very high at night and accounts for 20% of serious accidents on motorways and monotonous roads in the UK. Make sure you’re well rested before you get in the car and take regular breaks – and remember that caffeine is no substitute for a proper rest!
Less experienced drivers may find driving at night more difficult, which can lead to lowered confidence when it gets dark. To help, you can take an extra driving course called Pass Plus which builds up the skills you didn’t necessarily learn in order to pass your original driving test. Pass Plus includes modules on driving at night, in towns, on country lanes, in different weather conditions, and on dual carriageways and motorways.
At Halfords, we’ve got an extensive range of bulbs to keep your lights shining and your vision clear on your journeys this winter.
There are lots of options to choose from and if you’re not sure where to start then check out our article on the ultimate list of car bulb types for a handy breakdown of halogen, LED and Xenon HID bulbs.
You don’t want to get plunged into darkness while you’re out driving this winter. You want Halfords.