Night riding presents extra challenges
No night-time driving is allowed in the Class 6 Learner Stage in Graduated Driver Licensing – only during daylight hours (1/2 hour after sunrise to 1/2 hour before sunset).
Since riding conditions are more dangerous at night:
- Reduce your speed.
- Allow more distance when following to give yourself more time to react. Keep a following distance of at least four or five seconds.
- Signal earlier, brake sooner, flash your brake lights.
- Only pass when necessary.
- Do not override your lights.
- Stay alert – everything is more difficult to see at night – and stop if you are tired.
- Keep your goggles, face shield and windshield clean and replace them if badly scratched. Don’t use tinted lenses.
- Be sure you are visible. Clean your lights and reflectors. Wear bright/reflective clothing or add reflective tape to your clothing or vehicle.
- Use your low beams in rain, fog, snow or smoke. Low beams illuminate the road directly in front of you; high beams may blind you by illuminating the rain, fog, snow or smoke in the air.
- Special caution should be taken when braking under the following conditions:
- slippery or rough road surface;
- leaning into a turn; and
- turned front wheel.
- If you are in a line of traffic, first flash your brake lights to alert those behind you, then apply your brakes steadily.
- Know what is behind you. Most vehicles cannot stop as quickly as you can. You must compensate for this by braking earlier and gradually.
- Always leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle ahead.
- Always use both brakes and apply them at the same time.
- Never ride with the brake partly applied; it turns on your brake light, which confuses other drivers and causes premature brake wear.