Drive Safely at Dawn and Dusk

In Pismo Beach, CA, you may be the early bird that catches the worm or like to stay after office hours to get things done. Those habits may catch you driving at dawn or dusk, which can be particularly hazardous. The street, other cars, pedestrians, and road marking may be shrouded in the dark of long shadows. But the sky may be bright from the sun, making it difficult for your eyes to adjust to the dark. You also risk looking at the sun directly, which may blind you to traffic.

Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc wants you to drive safely at these times by following these tips.

  • Before it gets dark, turn on your headlamps. When the sun hangs low in the sky, switch your headlights on. They’ll illuminate the things that are obscured by the shadows and they’ll make you more visible to approaching traffic. They’ll also encourage other drivers to start turning their lights on so you can see them.

  • Keep your headlights clean. They won’t be effective at their jobs if they’re dirty or cloudy. Make it a habit of giving them a good wipe before you start out in the morning. If they’re beginning to look a little unclear, use a headlight restoration kit that you can purchase online or at auto centers. They can minimize scratches and discoloration that can occur over the years.

  • Increase your following distance. Given the unusual lighting conditions, it may be more difficult for you to recognize and react to hazardous situations. Rather than remaining the usual three or four seconds behind the car in front, allow at least four seconds to allow you extra time to brake if necessary.

If you do get into an accident at dawn, dusk, or any other times, adequate insurance can protect you. Contact Neff & Associates Insurance Services Inc to find out how.