all lights are in working order-
someone walk around your RV before departure each
morning to make sure all the lights are in working
order. It is especially important to check the lights
on towing and towed vehicles as well. When traveling
at night, occasionally check all the lights on your
headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows
once a week, and more often if necessary. Your ability
to see ahead is greatly reduced if your light lenses
are dirty. Also, remember that if the lens is covered
with debris, the lights will be less effective.
overdrive your headlights-
Overdriving headlights is one of the most common
faults associated with night driving. At 55 miles
per hour it takes about 285 feet to stop a car-stopping
an RV takes even longer. Your high beam headlights
only illuminate an area approximately 250 in front
of you, which means an obstruction ahead may not
yet be visible, but could be unavoidable because
of the stopping distance required.
generally accepted rule is that you should dim your
headlights about 500 feet from an approaching vehicle.
When overtaking a vehicle, dim your lights when
you are within 250 feet of it. Common sense dictates
that you dim your high beams when they start to
catch up with the vehicle in front of you.
replacing your regular headlights with halogen bulbs.
Halogen lights enable you to see farther because
they are brighter. Keep in mind, though, they tend
to have a narrower field of view. They also blind
oncoming drivers sooner, so you should switch to
low beams a little earlier than with standard bulbs.
a day/night mirror-
motorhomes with a rear window and in automobiles,
using a day/night mirror greatly lessens your chance
of being blinded by a vehicle with high beams approaching
headlights accurately aimed-
other drivers are flashing their lights at you frequently
when your lights are on low beam, it's a sign they
are not adjusted correctly. Another sign of improperly
adjusted headlights is when you cannot see the full
road with your lights on high or low beam.
to see if your lights are correctly adjusted by
pulling within 20 feet of a flat vertical surface,
such as a wall. Get out of the driver's seat and,
from a center position inside the coach, check the
the main beams of both headlights hit at the same
both headlights pointing straight ahead?
manufacturers adjust the lights so the left beam
points slightly to the right to keep from blinding
oncoming drivers. That's okay. If only one light
is out of adjustment, you may be able to manually
adjust it to the correct position. If both headlights
are out of adjustment, take it to an RV or truck
dealer and have them professionally adjusted. Properly
adjusted lights are too critical to the safe operation
of your coach to do without.
an oncoming driver's lights blind you, look to the
right edge of the road, not directly at the lights.
Flash your high beams one time, unless doing so
is prohibited by law. Sometimes drivers forget they
have their brights on. Do not retaliate by switching
to your high beams-this can cause an accident or
trigger road rage in the other driver.
driving while smoking and under the influence of
nicotine and carbon monoxide hamper night vision,
making you more susceptible to having an accident.
Drinking and driving is not only illegal, it's extremely
dangerous. Just one alcoholic drink can induce fatigue
and severely impair your driving ability. Alcohol
is a leading factor in fatal traffic accidents and
plays a part in about half of all motor vehicle-related
National Safety Council recommends drivers observe
night driving safety as soon as the sun goes down.
Twilight is one of the most difficult times to drive
because your eyes are constantly changing to adapt
to the growing darkness. Due to the additional risk
created by aging eyes, we strongly recommend you
follow the night driving tips to help reduce your
chance of having a driving accident.