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4.1 NIGHT DRIVING.  Defensive driving cannot be
emphasized more than while driving at night. With
reduced visibility and distraction by a myriad of lights
from other vehicles, advertising signs, etc., a driver
must be especially alert. Fail-safe factors cannot be
built into vehicle operators. There are no practical
means available to interpose protective barriers, stop
other traffic, or provide a fail-safe condition. Every
driver is on his own in an environment that comes close
to being 100 percent unpredictable. The driver must be
prepared for emergencies and control his vehicle speed
to ensure adequate stopping distance. One of the
greater hazards of night driving is the driver who has
been drinking.
Use only low beam headlights in all residential or
business areas and when meeting or passing another
vehicle.  Use headlights during period from one-half
hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise, and
whenever visibility is reduced.
4.2 BAD WEATHER DRIVING. Rain, snow, ice, or fog
affect visibility, stopping distance, maneuverability and
vehicle control.  Follow these suggestions for driving
under such conditions:
(1) Adjust the speed of the vehicle to existing
(2) Increase the normal safe distance between
vehicles to allow for wet conditions.


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