Driving After Dark
On the shortest day of the year (Dec 21), Winnipeg has only 8 hours and 5 minutes of daylight. Because of our northern latitude, the Prairie Provinces have more hours of darkness in the winter than most of North America.Nighttime driving is far more dangerous than running down the highway in the day. A combination of reduced visibility, less ability to perceive depth, and fatigue caused by the body’s natural impulse to sleep in the dark make a driver more likely to have an accident after sunset.
Here are some things you can do to increase your safety when driving your truck at night:
Make sure your lights are working – all of them. Reflectors, too. It’s just as important to be seen by other drivers, as it is to see them. Replace anything that’s not performing properly. Incandescent headlamps will dim over time – check and replace them periodically, and make sure they’re aimed properly.
If you’re an owner/operator, equipment upgrades are up to you. If your truck’s a bit older, you might want to look at some of the new headlamp systems. Just resist the urge to light the front of your truck up like a travelling sun, and blind other drivers.
Dim the Lights Inside
Dash lights and accessory lighting should be kept as dim as possible, as illumination inside the cab will interfere with your ability to spot things outside.
Wear the Right Glasses
If you require corrective lenses, anti-reflective coatings can make it easier to see, because they stop light from bouncing around inside your lenses. Avoid sunglasses or novelty tinted glasses – they’ll cut down on the amount of light that makes it to your retinal, so you’ll actually see less.
Don’t Look into the Lights
When a car approaches, don’t look directly into the headlamps. Your vision will be affected afterwards.Find out about a career as a Transport Truck Driver. At First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg we offer comprehensive training by seasoned professionals. Call Toll Free 1-855-632-5302.In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.