This is incredibly dangerous because it slows your reaction time and increases the likelihood of a crash. If you notice yourself nodding off, pull over as soon as possible. Switch off with another driver, or do whatever you need to do to wake yourself up.
Your vision is limited at night. You won't be able to see approaching dangers and avoid them if you've got the pedal to the floor. Plus, you're more likely to get a speeding ticket if you're the only one on the road that's going above the speed limit.
Figure out the different settings for your headlights if you plan on doing a lot of night driving. You obviously need a functional pair so you can see where you're going and avoid a ticket. But you should also have different settings for your standard lights and high beams.
If someone is driving toward you and their headlights are facing you, don't look directly into them. Instead, try to focus on the guidelines on the road. Keep your vehicle in a straight line and follow the side lines, not the other lane markers.
Some drivers might not notice the full length and width of your vehicle. To help them out, you should make your RV as visible as possible. You might install reflective tape along the edges or use auxiliary lighting on the sides and back.
Make it a habit to scan your surroundings and check your mirrors on a regular basis. That way, you won't be surprised when changes occur. Even if you think you're alone on the road, that could change at any time. You should always expect more vehicles to appear.
Smears and smudges on the windshield can make it hard to identify oncoming vehicles. If the windshield is blurry or streaked, you'll have to concentrate extra hard to see anything. It will also make it harder to read signs and road markers.
Don't use overhead lights, and keep the control panel dimmed while you're driving. These lights can desensitize you to headlights on the road, and you don't want that! Switch smart devices to dark mode as well.
You will also want to keep your eyes peeled for deer and other wildlife that might wander onto the road. This is a driving risk during any time of day, but the chances of hitting an animal are increased at night.
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