While Boston plans to replace 60,000 conventional streetlights with brighter LEDs, many are concerned the additional brightness and glare may cause more harm than good. Although these new types of streetlights along with high-intensity headlights are meant to increase visibility, they can be blinding to drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Therefore, it is important to follow these tips to ensure safe driving at night.
Clean both sides of your windshield. Streaks and smudges catch and refract light. By keeping the surface between your eyes and the road as clear as possible, you will decrease the glare.
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Adjust outside mirrors. According to AAA, the proper way to adjust mirrors, reducing blind spots and glare, is to tilt your head against each window and move them until you can see your vehicle in the mirrors’ corner either side.
Look to the right side of the road. By concentrating on the white line or where the road ends, you avoid looking directly at oncoming cars’ headlights. However, you still are able to see the vehicles around you with your peripheral vision.
For more ways on how to drive safely at all hours of the day, check out defensive driving tips. Additionally, be sure to contact your local insurance agent to review your automobile insurance policy and make sure you are adequately covered.