Daylight savings: tips for driving in the dark

Martorell, 24 October 2019

  • As we turn back the clocks, the sun goes down sooner and people spend more time driving in the dark
  • Using the right lights is essential when driving at night, when 30% of accidents take place in Europe
  • The inclusion of LEDs and assistants such as high beam assist make driving safer and more comfortable

6 months of darkness: this is how people live in the town of Rjukan, Norway, as they get no sunlight from September to March. In places like these, dipped beams are mandatory 24 hours a day. On the other hand, in countries such as Spain, dipped beams are only used at night or during the day when there is poor visibility, for example in a tunnel or under heavy rain. They must also be used when driving in a reversible lane. In these situations, the ‘Auto’ option “makes driving more comfortable, as it automatically activates the dipped beams”, assures this engineer.

LEDs, faster and safer: with the addition of LED bulbs, “not only do we save on consumption and gain in comfort, but we also improve safety”, says Maite. This kind of lighting is more similar to daylight than a halogen bulb. It also responds 150 milliseconds faster than an incandescent bulb, meaning that the LED of a brake light activates 5 metres sooner when driving at 120 km/h. Furthermore, they are designed to last throughout the service life of the vehicle and do not have to be changed.

The most subtle light of all: although there is no prohibition on the interior courtesy light, “it’s best not to use it for long periods so you can pay full attention to the road”, says Maite, who compares it to “going to the cinema: in order to concentrate on the film we need our surroundings to be as dark as possible.”

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