VEDA, Video Every Day (in) April: Learn how to deal with disparate light conditions at sunset and sunrise and how to see.
Hi there Smart Drivers. Rick, with Smart Drive Test, talking to you today about: Driving at dusk, and dawn. Probably one of the most dangerous times of the day to drive. This is video #5 in the VEDA, Video Every Day in April, series. Stick around, we'll be right back with that information.
Hi there Smart Drivers, welcome back. Rick, with Smart Drive Test, talking to you today about: Driving at dusk and dawn. One of the most dangerous times of the day to drive, because our eyes are adjusted to the bright sky, and we're driving in the dark landscape, and pedestrians and cyclists can hide in the darkened landscape, so you have to be more careful at these times of day. And, if you don't know when sunrise or sunset is, during the day, have a look at the weather app on your phone, or look it up on the internet, and it will tell you when sunrise and sunset is. Now, if you're new to Smart Drive Test, Smart Drive Test helps new drivers get a license, veteran drivers to remain crash free, and CDL drivers to start a career as a truck or bus driver. So, if you're new here, hit that subscribe button. As well, hit that Bell, that way you'll get instant notification of when I get the videos up for you.
The challenges of Sunset & Sunrise driving
So, driving at dusk and dawn, as I said, is one of the most dangerous times of the day, because of the dark landscape, and the bright sky, and our eyes are adjusted to the bright sky. As well, light is one of the major components of the driving task, which are: driver, vehicle, light, weather, traffic, and road. And, because so much of the information that we need to drive is gathered through the eyes, approximately 80% - 90% of the information we need to drive is gathered through the eyes, many people find it difficult to drive at dusk and dawn. The other reason that it's difficult to drive at dusk and dawn, is oftentimes because the sun is right at the horizon, and you get glaring sun coming in the front of your vehicle through the windshield, and even though you've got the visor down, and you're wearing sunglasses, it's still difficult to see.
The techniques to help with Sunset & Sunrise driving
Now, many of the techniques in the night driving video will help you to drive during this time. But, just know that it's going to be really difficult, because the other thing about the glaring sun coming in the windshield: It can really cause a lot of fatigue while you're driving, and you're trying to figure out where the road is going, and those types of things. And again, follow other traffic. Look for landmarks along the roadway. Look farther down the road, and see if you can see the traffic lights. But, again, that's difficult, because you've got that bright sun behind the traffic lights, and you don't have that contrast, it basically glares the traffic lights out, and they're difficult to see. So, know that, sunrise, sunset. And, again, look at the weather app on your phone or on the Internet, and that'll tell you when sunset and sunrise is.
Question for my Smart Drivers:
|Do you have difficulty driving in low-light conditions, or at sunrise, or sunset?|
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