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11/16/2012 - Three vision-improving tips for motorists


Drivers should ensure their mirrors are set correctly.

Though many accidents on the road are due to the driver’s inability to see things clearly, motorists may be surprised to learn that crashes generally take place in the daytime as opposed to the night.

Citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, electronics and lighting company Philips notes that traffic accidents are more prevalent in the daytime. Perhaps because of this, transportation officials in several states encourage drivers to keep their headlights on even when the sun is shining, as it serves as an additional way in which motorists and passengers can see others on the road.

However, as the lighting company provider indicates, having the headlights on isn't enough to lessen the risk of being involved in a traffic incident. Here are a few tips.

1. Thoroughly clean windshield and mirrors. Headlights are of little use if drivers can't see what's in front of them. This can become an issue when drivers fail to clear their windshield of residue that may be left behind by road dirt or film buildup.

2. Check the directional signals. The electronics and lighting company says it's important to inspect the signal lamps to ensure that they are working and bright and that their coverings aren't cracked. Ideally, this should be done with more than one person, but it can also be accomplished when someone is driving alone by parking in an area and turning on the directionals near a place that can reflect the light.

3. Mirrors. Finally, Philips says that the first thing drivers should do before heading out on the road is to look at their side and rearview mirrors. If someone else uses the car, they may adjust them in such a way that makes it hard to see. 

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