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WHP offers tips for night driving

Nov 4, 2013 - From staff reports

Drivers may find themselves driving home after work in the dark with the implementation of daylight saving time Sunday.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers recommends the following steps for - Make sure all exterior lights on your vehicle are in working order and clean of dirt/debris. Wyoming Statute requires vehicles to have their headlights and other lamps in use 1/2 hour before sunset to 1/2 hour after sunrise. Drivers may find themselves driving home after work in the dark with the implementation of daylight saving time Sunday.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers recommends the following steps for safe night time driving:

- Make sure all exterior lights on your vehicle are in working order and clean of dirt/debris. Wyoming Statute requires vehicles to have their headlights and other lamps in use 1/2 hour before sunset to 1/2 hour after sunrise.

- Make sure your headlights are properly aimed.

- Be alert for wild/domestic animals.

- Keep mirrors, windshield, rear and side glass clean.

- Slow down and increase your following distance from the vehicle in front of you.

- Look for signs of oncoming traffic. Watch for headlight flashes or glare when approaching hills or curves.

- Wyoming Statute requires drivers to dim their headlights within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle and within 300 feet when approaching another vehicle from the rear.

- When you encounter severe weather conditions, depending on the severity of ground blizzard, fog or falling snow, your low beam headlights may be more effective than your high beams.

- Don't look directly into the lights of oncoming vehicles. Instead, look to the right hand side of the road.

- Pedestrians and bicyclists should not wear dark clothing and should wear brightly colored or reflective safety apparel.
 

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