2020 is slowly (and finally) coming to a close as October passes us by and we move into the final two months of the year. This also means, however, that daylight savings time is about to end and we fall back into shorter days and possibly, driving in the dark during your commute. Are you and your car ready for the adjustments? Check out these quick N Charlotte Toyota tips to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the end of daylight savings time on Halloween night.
Five tips to help you deal with the end of daylight savings time
Tip #1: Check all of your lighting now.
It’s essential to check ALL of your car’s lighting now before daylight savings time ends and you find yourself driving at night. This means checking your headlights, taillights, turn signals, and hazard lights, as well as checking all interior cabin lights and dashboard lights. If anything isn’t working, be sure to bring your ride to Toyota of N Charlotte’s service center to have it repaired or replaced.
Tip #2: Clean your windshield and back window.
Dirt or dust – or even smudges – on the glass of your windshield and windows can catch and reflect light, majorly impairing your field of vision. Be sure to clean your windshield and back window thoroughly to avoid this safety hazard.
Tip #3: Brush up on defensive driving skills.
Driving in the dark means you need your best defensive driving skills on deck. You’ll want to keep your eyes on the road AND your hands on the wheel to avoid an accident. Remember, you can’t see as far in the dark and animals tend to be more active at night, two factors that can increase your risk of a collision in a big way. Be sure to pay close attention to your drive time and do away with distractions.
Tip #4: Check your tires and brakes.
You should also check your tires and brakes before daylight savings time ends. You’ll need responsive brakes in case you need to come to a sudden stop (see the aforementioned info about driving in the dark) and you definitely don’t want to be changing a flat tire in the dark. Our N Charlotte auto service center can check it all out for you and make sure you’re good to hit the road.
Tip #5: Don’t drive while fatigued.
We know, we know – it’s only an hour. But if you feel fatigued when it’s time to get behind the wheel, then you should reconsider driving. Postpone your trip until you’re feeling more awake or worst case, pull over for a rejuvenating nap. Don’t drive while fatigued; it’s just as bad as driving while intoxicated.
Let Toyota of N Charlotte help you tackle driving in the dark!
Have more questions or need to prep your N Charlotte Toyota for when daylight savings time ends? We can assist – call us! Toyota of N Charlotte is open seven days a week at (704) 875-9199 and we’re just off I-77 at exit 23 in Huntersville.