N is for Night Driving

The whole of chapter 13 of the Official DVSA Guide to Driving is devoted to Night Driving and I understand why–

The absolute worst thing about being in England is driving at night. As the days got shorter and shorter, and we found ourselves on the roads in complete darkness by 4 each afternoon, we resolved to not leave our house between the hours of 3:30 p.m.-9 a.m. That, of course, was impractical, as it was mostly convenient for the families we came here to serve, to see us in the evenings. Therefore, we needed to rely on faith, and JUST DO IT! There are many hazards to night-driving:

  • drivers don’t slow down just because they can’t see as well
  • Most of the roads are not lit by streetlights
  • Being dazzled by oncoming headlights are a major issue with which to contend (“If you are dazzled by oncoming vehicles, slow down and, if necessary, stop. Don’t look directly at oncoming headlights.”)
  • We are in a mostly rural area where deer, rabbits, pheasants, etc., dart into the road without notice (they have very small brains…)
  • The roads are very narrow, rarely any hard shoulder to speak of, and lots of potholes and ruts to make the trip all the more interesting.

Besides the hazards, there are also quite a few rules about night driving. They are:

  • In built-up areas (town centres and residential streets) you must
    • Always use dipped headlights or dim-dip if fitted (Sounds like an Asian food condiment, but I’ll have to research this a bit more.)
    • not rev your engine
    • close your car doors quietly
    • NOT use your horn between the hours of 11:30 and 7 (except to avoid danger from a moving vehicle)
  • When parking at night
    • leave your side or parking lights on if in an area with a speed limit >30 mph
    • never park your vehicle on the right hand side (facing oncoming traffic) except in a one-way street
    • always switch your headlight off when you stop, even for a short while. The fixed glare can be very dazzling.

Can’t drive on this street–Pedestrians only! Anyone recognize it??

About Gail

Genealogist, librarian, writer, traveler, Mormon
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2 Responses to N is for Night Driving

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    I’ve never been particularly enthralled with driving at night and now especially as I’ve been getting older. Now when my wife and I go on long driving trips we will typically leave right before daybreak when it is dark, but there is less traffic. I will plan that day’s travel with an overnight stop coming before sunset or with as minimal amount of night driving as i can manage.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  2. Gail says:

    Sounds like you’e worked out a great plan! I don’t like the “getting up before daylight” bit though, unless I can leave the driving to hubby and sleep in the car…

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