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White line removal

posted Sat 5th Oct 2016 at 12:15

Updated sat 5th oct 2016 at 12:16

Many drivers greatly rely on markings on the road, causing them to fail to use their own initiative when approaching hazards. Derby and Norfolk council are planning to follow in Londons footsteps by starting a trial of removing white lines from busy roads.

This has proven in London to increase the drivers cautiousness, with average speeds dropping by up to 13%.


Successfully trialled in 2002 in Wiltshire with 20+ county roads now paint-free. This trial, as well as Londons, found that leaving drivers to their own devices instead of having to follow road-markings can be ideal.


This idea has shown to be quite like marmite, some love the idea, where some hate it. The charity Roadpeace are completely for the idea, the AA not so supporting as they believe these white lines can save lives.


However, there are other concerns, how it will affect modern cars installed with sensors that analyse road markings. Also what affect it will have on drivers with poor vision or slower reactions. And would this be a good or bad impact on learner drivers?

Dark Driving Do's and Dont's

posted Fri 6th Oct 2015 at 11:23

Updated mon 9th oct 2015 at 13:30

It's the time of year when it starts to get dark early and when driving this can create complications. Road casualty statistics show that 40% of collisions occur in the hours of darkness. We can't stop the dark from coming in but we can try to prevent the hazards that come with it. By following these tips you will be dark driving ready in no time.

1) Do not drive too fast
It is important that at night you are keeping your wits about you. If you are driving too fast then this can result in reacting to situations on the road a lot slower as they are harder to see in the dark. this can also decrease your skill of judgement to how fast other cars are traveling towards you.

2) Do keep your distance
Accidents can happen if you are too close to a vehicle in front of you. If the vehicle was to suddenly break you might not be able to stop in time. With it being dark outside too you may not be able to see what it is that is causing the vehicle in front to stop before they actually stop

3)Do clean your mirrors
Your exterior mirrors are very important when driving and if they are dirty then this can cause problems. Smears can be invisible in the daylight but extremely visible at night. Always make sure that they are clean before you set off for a night drive

4) Do not get distracted
To keep yourself alert you must avoid distractions. Things such as loud music can take your attention off the road and could lead to an accident. Also keeping your phone on silent or switched off so you are not tempted to take your eyes away from the road.

5) Do make changes to your vehicles
Often cars and vehicles can be adjusted to be more dark driving ready. You may want to consider checking the headlights on your vehicle, they may be able to be replaced for brighter ones (make sure the brightness is as regards to the latest laws). Also, you can change your windscreen wipers to rain-resistant ones preventing smudges.

6) Do keep your eyes healthy
Good eyesight is important when driving especially in the dark. It is recommended that eye tests are taken every 2-3 years or once a year if you are over the age of 60. Any concerns with eyesight, you should see to your optician as soon as possible. If you already wear glasses or contact lenses it is also important that you keep them clean as they can cause glare. Keeping your eyes moving is also a key factor to keeping healthy eyes, be sure not to just stare out at the road in front of you to prevent eye fatigue.

7) Do regularly clean your cars windows
Keeping windows clean is vital. This can improve reflexes to situations as you can see more clearly and could prevent an accident. It is recommended that you clean your cars windows with newspaper as it can get rid of any hidden smears that cause light glare.

8) Do not stare at oncoming lights
Staring at oncoming lights on the road can seriously disrupt concentration and could cause a crash. Although it is very easy to draw your attention to other cars try turning your attention to something else on the road. If a car behind you is using it's high-beam you can adjust mirror by flicking the clip at the bottom so that the lights aren't directed straight into the mirror.

9) Do dim your dashboard
The lights on the dashboard can seem too bright when it is dark out. This can cause distraction and take your eyes of the road for those vital few minutes. If your dashboard is starting to distract you pull over when safe to and turn them down or make sure you dim them before the journey.

10) Do keep an eye out for animals
Country roads are full of  all sorts of small creatures that may not be seen in the dark. This could cause panic, loss of concentration and shock. Try driving more slowly down country roads to give yourself time to spot any indication of an animal on the road. Look out for scurrying movements and headlight reflections in animals eyes.

Thank you for reading, we hope you have learnt a few tips on how to avoid accidents when driving in the dark. Please visit our page at www.drivinglesson.com.