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As clocks go back, Swansway Group offers advice for driving safely in the dark

Featured on their TorqueTips blog, dealer group Swansway Group offers its Top Tips for Driving Safely in the Dark.

It’s the time of year when many spend a lot of time driving at dusk or in the dark. With as little as eight hours of daylight in the Winter months, most will travel to and from work or school in the dark, so it’s important that drivers are prepared for the driving conditions ahead.

Swansway’s Top Tips for Driving Safely in the Dark:

Keep your lights dipped on low lit roads to avoid distracting other drivers

Whilst full beam lights are advised, where safe, on country roads or narrow lanes, it’s also very important to always dip car lights for any oncoming traffic. In the dark, dazzling lights can seriously impede vision, even after the car has passed, and when in control of a high speed car, those few seconds of bad vision could mean all the difference.

Take extra time to assess potential driving hazards

The basics of safe driving become even more crucial as the nights draw in. With less daylight hours, there is the potential for increased melatonin levels and fatigue – so if drivers start to feel drowsy behind the wheel, it’s important to stop and take a break. Allowing enough time at junctions, in low light conditions, to assess the presence of cyclists and pedestrians, helps to avoid putting anyone at risk.

Take extra care while passing cyclists, they may not be as visible

Cyclists should be equally as visible as pedestrians, kitted out with reflective clothing as well as bike lights and reflectors, however, this is not always the case. Take extra care while passing cyclists on the roads during the dark, as it may not always be possible see how much room there is to pass until it is too late.

Test your car lights

Drivers should regularly test their car lights, replace bulbs if necessary and ensure headlamps are cleaned regularly, as salt and grit can make them dirtier quicker than any other time of year.

Regular Eye Checks

It’s important to never wear dark or tinted lenses for night driving, and equally important to ensure that drivers check in with an Optician regularly, to keep eyes healthy and performing at their best. The bright beams from other road users could have a damaging effect on eyes and potentially worsen night vision, so with regular checks at your opticians, this helps to identify any underlying problems that may affect vision when driving in the dark.

Swansway Group said:  “Many drivers will be faced with changing driving conditions as winter approaches. It’s important that drivers are aware of the challenges they may face, as the clocks go back. Driving safely is imperative year round, but it is even more important that drivers are fully prepared for driving safely in the dark.”

For further advice on driving in the dark and more tips, check out Torque Tips blog.

World’s First Blog Psychologist’s Book Is a Hit

He is one of the most recognisable blog psychologists in the world – the first in fact. Founder of psychology website Psychreg and YouTuber Dennis Relojo-Howell has put his wisdom into print with a new chart-topping book that he hopes will help readers look after their mental health.

Let’s Talk about Behaviour is an easy-to-follow compilation of essays highlighting the need for the understanding and caring of mental health.

Dennis hopes Let’s Talk about Behaviour will allow him to reach a new audience.

He said: ‘When Psychreg was launched in March 2014, it emerged as a directory of people who are interested in psychology – before moving on to become a dynamic platform it is now.

‘Since then, a number of essays have been published, which convey insights and trends on a range of issues.

‘It has been consistently mentioned in these essays that in the world we live in today, we understand more about our own minds than we have ever done before.

‘The overarching aim of Let’s Talk about Behaviour is not only to offer the latest research trends but to reveal an understanding within psychology, mental health, and well-being.

‘It is hoped that this book will further stimulate a greater understanding and appreciation of mental health.’

Dennis, who now lives in London, grew up in the slums of Manila. But by the age of 25 the highly-subscribed travel blogger had already gained qualifications and even bought his first house.

His travel blogs gradually moved towards posts about mental health – a field where he has become highly respected over the past decade.

Let’s Talk about Behaviour allows Dennis to present his reasoning behind what we do and how we can prevent having poor mental health.

Dennis added: ‘In my book, I have tried to convey the importance of looking after our mental health and well-being.’

Since the publication of Let’s Talk about Behaviour it has reached number one in Amazon’s psychology and training charts.

It has also been awarded entirely five-star reviews.

Let’s Talk about Behaviour is available on paperback and Kindle formats.

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