Whether you’re driving home from a long weekend away or getting back from work late, dark nights come with a lot of hazards.

Here are some of our top tips to stay safe on the road.

Bright idea

It’s illegal to drive with a bulb out – and that goes for any bulb, not just headlights. Make sure you check your bulbs regularly, and consider keeping a spare bulb kit in the car in case a bulb fails when you’re out and about. It’s also good to know that WeFit bulbs from £8, so pop into your local Halfords where we can do on-the-spot fitting and get you back on the road and out of the dark in no time.

Brighter idea

Your depth perception, ability to distinguish colour, and peripheral vision are all worse in low-light conditions. Investing in high-performance headlights can help put up to 150% more light on the road, exactly where you need it. This will increase your viewing distance and make street signs and road markings clearer, helping you to spot hazards sooner.

Double up

It’s always a good idea to replace bulbs in pairs – that way, the light output will always be even from both headlights. This is especially important for night time driving because it’ll give you the best chance of seeing hazards early and won’t compromise depth perception.

Razzle dazzle

If you’ve ever been dazzled by other road drivers and blamed high-performance beams, chances are that the headlights weren’t properly aligned. Headlights slip out of position over time, which means that the light’s not focused correctly on the road. Make sure to get them realigned every so often to get the maximum amount of light pointed at the right point on the road.

Wakey, wakey

The danger of falling asleep at the wheel is very high at night and accounts for 20% of serious accidents on motorways and monotonous roads in the UK. Before you get in the car make sure you’re well rested and take regular breaks – and remember that caffeine is no substitute for a proper break!

Pass Plus

Less experienced drivers may find driving at night more difficult, which can lead to lowered confidence when it gets dark. To help, you can take an extra driving course called Pass Plus which builds up the skills you didn’t necessarily learn in order to pass your test. Pass Plus includes modules on driving at night, in towns, on country lanes, in different weather conditions, and on dual carriageways and motorways.

5 comments

  1. My local Bath Halfords is always very helpful, they fitted a rear brake light for me this morning without an appointment even though they were very busy. Can’t afford to ignore break light failure it could cause an accident. Thanks Halfords peace of mind again.

  2. It is not just the dark hours that are unsafe for drivers of older model cars …

    As the newer cars are registered …… us older car drivers seem to get more invisible within the daylight hours !

    So I fitted some “Ring Automotive …Lyra daydime .. driving LED lights ” from Halfords last year … They are nice and bright in the day time and they dim a little when the cars headlights are switched on too…

    easy to wire up , + to the battery terminal ( it has it’s own inline fuse ) negative to any good earth point on the body work and one last connection to the side light wiring that comes off the back of either side light / behind the head light assembly with just a single scotchlock connector , but don’t forget to pop some grease /or better still some silicon grease inside it before you crimp it shut , this will stop the moisture getting in and corroding the connection and causing electrical issues in the future .

    Now I can drive in the daylight hours with the reassurance I am as visable as the newer cars that came out of the factory with daytime running lights filled as standard

  3. I have a 30 year old Fiesta .., still with the original Motorcraft bulbs in the head light and the rear tail light bulbs still working too ! Old type bulbs …..

    Why don’t the manufactures just make a bulb that will out live the cars life like they used to ?

    I tried some LED Halfords branded side light bulbs in my other car last winter .. the one developed a fault , shimmering on and off only after only 6 months !

    But Halfords Newton Abbot Branch were great……. they exchanged the pair of led bulbs for a new set

    Lets see if these last 30 + years !

  4. Why say carry bulb kit .when a Renault. Headlamp bulb . Replacement costs at least £100-
    To replace due to bumper removal . Wheel etc .
    Halfords won’t do this for £8-00 .
    Bet I get no get no reply to this .

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