Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive is offering weekly motoring tips to drivers from its head of training, Simon Elstow.

    This week he is advising on driving in the dark:

    • To improve your view as far as possible, keep your lights and windscreen clean.
    • Use main beam, but when other drivers are approaching, and when following others, make sure you dip your lights to avoid dazzling the oncoming traffic.
    • Only use fog lights when visibility is below 100 metres (it is illegal at other times). Rear fog lights distract and can mislead others because they look like brake lights.
    • Make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see to be clear.
    • If you’re feeling tired, caffeine alone is not a fix. Take a break, drink a cup of coffee and have a 20 minute nap after drinking coffee.
    • If an approaching car forgets to dip its lights, glance to the left-hand kerb to avoid being dazzled.
    • If it’s gloomy in the morning, don’t forget to put your lights on.

    Elstow said: “The risk of fatal accidents increases in the dark as visibility is reduced.1 Have regular eye examinations to ensure you are wearing glasses or contact lenses if you need to.”