How to Drive at Night in Heavy Rain on the Freeway Going 50 Mi in a 60 Speed Limit , With Trucks Speeding?

Question by casey111: how to drive at night in heavy rain on the freeway going 50 mi in a 60 speed limit , with trucks speeding?
behind you , tailing you , blinking their lights and then speeding past you . I am Just trying to be safe

Best answer:

Answer by AsYLum dRiVeR
Continue driving safe.

Answer by Aaron P
Everyone has trouble driving at night at first. In fact, for minors, every state has a minimum number of hours that they must drive at night before attaining their license.

During the day, we rely more heavily on different cells (cone-shaped) in our eyes than we do at night (rod-shaped). Although there is a chance that you have less rod cells than the average person, everyone must learm to adapt.

Although there is a greater number of reported accidents in the day, the percentage of the smaller populatin of night drivers is MUCH larger at night. e.g. in a certain state, between 4 p.m and 5 p.m.. there may be 20 million people on the road, who had 20,000 accidents ( 1/10 of a percent), whle between 9 and 10 pm there were 2 million drivers who had 1000 accidents ( 1/2 of a percent.

Eat plenty of carrots ( just kidding) . Drive slower and follow other drivers much less closely. Your headlights do not shine around sharp curves, do not shine very far to the sides, and only shine about 200 feet ahead. The term ‘brights’ can be misleading, since they are not of that much higher intensity (illuminocity) but rather they are simply pointing at a higher angle. Streetlights commonly hurt as much as they help. Drivers leaving a dark area must allow time for their eyes to dilate.

And as you mentioned, the headlights of other drivers can be annoying and dangerous. Anytime of the day, you should practice waiting to move from a stop, and practice slowing in order to attain the most perfect visibility possible. At night, to avoid headlight glare, try not to pass oncoming cars at the same time that you must pass other hazards, like intersections and pedestrian crossways.

Everyone must deal with glare. When you do pass oncoming headlights learn to look off to the right side of the road in order to diminish glare-recovery time. Drivers are usually blinded for at least 3 seconds. If you stare into headlights it can take 7 seconds. So, at 55 m.p.h ( 82 feet per seconds you can be blinded for 240 feet or for 570 feet.

There are also ways to deal with the glare of the lights of the cars behind you. The center(“rearview”) mirror has a lever somewhere on the top or bottom, designed to toggle quickly back and forth from seeing 1) the direct reflection of what is behind you, and 2) a double-reflected ( less intense for glare) version of whats behind you. Just be careful, when using it to avoid headlights, that you change it back before doing any driving in reverse motion.

Side mirrors should also be slightly adjusted when driving in extremely dark areas in order to minimize glare. Some coaches, forgetting about night glare, instruct you to adjust your mirrors out extra far to maximize the visibility of cars passing from behind. However, this may also be giving you maximum view of their lights when they are closer and brighter.

Your own lights might also blind other drivers causing them to ‘flash’ their lights at you at inopportune moments, adding to glare issues. Contrary to common belief, experts estimate that headlights are more useful to ‘be seen’ ( 60%) than to ‘see’ (40%). When the front end of your car is only a few feet from a wall, chaeck and make sure that your ‘low beams’ do not shine above a level line (straight across). A simple screwdriver is the only tool needed to adjust headlights. As well, be careful when laoding your car with alot of weight in the rear. this may cause ‘low’ beams to blind other drivers in the same way that do ‘high’ beams.

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