"Night" Rider #drivinggoals

I just have to throw this video up here. That beat tho....

I’ve noticed a few things changing with me lately. I have to work very hard to lose weight. I can’t tell the difference between college students and small children. I don't understand oodles of newfangled things, for example, hashtags. (Did I do that correctly in the title, by the way?) Instead of being annoyed that I have to pull my ID out of my wallet, it makes me toss my hair back and smile when I get carded.  My idea of a great Friday night has turned into watching Frasier while eating a healthy snack with fuzzy socks on. (Okay, that one may have been around for a few years already.)

If you couldn't already tell by the introductory disquisition, I turned 30 a bit ago. The most annoying change I’ve encountered is my decreased ability to see at night. I love driving. I love driving at night. I drive at night very often. Either my blind melon needs glasses or there are some other factors hindering my night driving skills. In a valiant effort to not have to admit that my body may be showing signs of aging, I did some experiments and found some helpful tips to bring me back up to Knight Rider status when driving at night. I thought I might as well share them even though they are all basically common sense. (But how common is sense anyway?)

Blinded by the light

Don’t stare into oncoming lights. No brainer here. If the lights are bright enough, staring into them can cause that spot in your vision that hangs around after you stare into a flash or the sun, called flash blindness. Obviously, impairing your vision in any way while driving is very unsafe.

All the better to see you with, my dear

Clean your windshield. Having a dirty windshield inside and out can seriously hinder your vision. It may seem like just a little dirt, but when you are stuck in the blind spot of a semi whose tires are spewing a wall of water over your windshield you’ll wish you had every advantage and that includes a crystal clear windshield. Speaking of crystal, have you heard of Crystal Fusion? It's a treatment that we offer at our dealership which makes glass shed water and increases visibility by 34%. Also, newspaper and glass cleaner keep your windows pretty sparkly.

Let there be light

Invest in some driving lights. We carry PIAA, Rough Country, Putco, Rigid and a few others in our store. Typically, low-beam, stock headlights illuminate 160-250 feet in front of your car and your high-beams take it up to the 320-500 foot notch. Be careful when shopping because some auxiliary lights are meant to supplement your high beams and some are for off road purposes only. If they aren’t for “road use,” they might actually be illegal to drive with on the street.

Wipe on, wipe off

Check your wiper blades. Get new ones if they aren’t working properly. That's all I've got for that....

Ready? Aim. Fire!

Aim your headlights. Sometimes even a new car’s headlights are not aimed correctly so it’s worth checking yours out. Properly aimed headlights can make all the difference in the world. Aimed too high and you aren’t illuminating the road, too low and the road is all you are illuminating. Aiming your headlights can be a tedious task that requires patience. If you lack the time and/or constitution to tackle it with just you and your owner’s manual, Clint Newell Auto Group would be happy to do this for you and for under 50 bucks! (Worth it.)

Dim the lights, baby

Turn down the lights on your dash and in your cabin. If your lights don’t automatically dim when you turn on your headlights, there is usually a dash dimmer switch. Having the cabin lights on also hinders your forward vision and lights up everything in your peripheral making it harder for your eyes to focus on the road ahead.

Check, please?

And if none of those tricks helped you to see better while driving at night, concede and get your eyes checked. The other night, I found myself using the steering wheel to pull closer to the windshield while making a face reminiscent of a cartoon mole. It’s not a pretty face. I would like to never make that face again. Therefore, I will be getting my eyes checked soon and picking out a pair of glasses that Lisa Loeb would be proud of.

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