Challenging for All Drivers
Driving at night is challenging for all drivers.
One of the challenges is exposure to glare from streetlights or oncoming headlights. When light suddenly changes it takes time for your eyes to adjust.
Glare creates a bright condition and makes it difficult to see. It can lead to distortion, discomfort or distraction. Remember, glare severely affects your night vision. It can also lead to eyestrain and fatigue.
More Challenging the Older You Get
Older drivers find glare more difficult to handle because it takes longer for their eyes to recover from the bright lights.
It is important to avoid being blinded by oncoming headlights. If the driver of an oncoming vehicle fails to dim the lights, slow down and look down toward the right side of the road. You should be able to see the edge of the lane or the painted edge line and stay on course until the vehicle passes.
If you find that you have problems seeing at night, you should see your eye doctor immediately. The reason you are having trouble driving at night can range from the need of vision correction with glasses or contact lenses, to more serious conditions such as glaucoma, cataract, or retinal problems.
Headlight Use is Important for Your DMV Test
Expect at least one question about headlight use on your DMV test. You should know what beam to use under foggy conditions and why (which beam will create glare and blind you when driving in fog?). You should also know when the law requires you to turn on headlights.