This is how you drive safely in the dark season
As the days get shorter, the risk of accidents increases. Darkness that sets in early, poor visibility due to fog, slippery roads or even flash ice – these are just a few of the dangers that drivers now have to prepare for. We now have five tips for drivers that you can use to prevent and master dangerous situations:
1 – Light means security
A functioning lighting system is the be-all and end-all in the dark season. It is central to good visibility and your own visibility. Drivers should therefore have their lighting systems checked at the beginning of autumn and keep an eye on their proper functioning. Tip: Many garages offer a free light check.
2 – Provide “perspective”.
In addition to good lighting, an unobstructed, clear view is essential for safety. Vehicle owners should thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the car windows and replace the wiper blades if necessary. If the panes do not have a lubricating film, the air blower can also remove condensation and ice from them much more quickly.
3 – Adjust driving style
Poor visibility and wet roads mean longer braking and stopping distances. Therefore, slow down and keep a sufficient distance from the vehicle in front. If necessary, also switch on the low beam.
4 – Expect deer crossing
Due to limited visibility, deer crossings are particularly dangerous in the dark season. In forest areas, drivers should therefore drive with foresight and not avoid the animal if a crash is imminent. Accidents involving wildlife must be reported to the police – the insurance company usually pays for damage.
5 – Switch to winter tires early
Winter tires are not only the better choice on ice and snow, but even at low plus temperatures. The rubber compound remains elastic longer and offers more grip. If you change early, you also save time and nerves – because tire dealers and workshops are not so busy until mid-October.
reifen.com recommends that you also take a few items with you on every car journey during the dark months of the year that may prove useful – in addition to gloves, these include a flashlight, an ice scraper and a hand broom, an insulating mat and a woolen blanket.