Night driving

Avoid drowsiness at the wheel.

Take a break

  • Take a few hours’ sleep if possible.
  • Stop frequently during your journey: a 15-minute nap can be sufficient to stay the onset of fatigue.
  • Learn to recognize the onset of fatigue: heavy head, tingling eyes, repeated yawning, frequent position changes, difficulties in keeping a steady trajectory

High-risk times

Be especially vigilant: most accidents happen at night, (with a peak from midnight to 06:00).

Adapt to poor visibility

  • Remember that obstacles will only be visible when you’re almost upon them.
  • Main-beam headlights will only reach 200 metres at the very best, and a dipped beam will not light up more than 50 metres.
  • At 130 km/h, you’ll only see obstacles at the last moment.
  • An obstacle may be another vehicle or someone on foot (for example, someone getting out of a car following an accident or breakdown).
  • Make sure your headlights are clean and in good working order.
  • In the event of an accident, switch on your emergency warning lights. But never signal other vehicles to stop: they’ll only see you at the last moment, and an attempt to stop might prove dangerous.
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