Peter Rodger, the IAM’s chief examiner, said: “Although

motorways are our safest roads, darkness brings with it additional challenges

which increase the risk of fatal accidents. Plan your journey from beginning to

end and take necessary precautions to keep yourself and your family safe this


Here are Rodger’s tips in full:

  • Driving in the dark can

    cause fatigue – plan your journey, scheduling at least one stop every two


  • Don’t ignore warning signs

    of fatigue. In extreme cases, have a caffeine drink and sleep for 20

    minutes while it takes effect. You can only do this once per journey; it

    won’t have the same effect if you do it more than once.

  • Share the driving if


  • Many stretches of motorway

    are not lit during hours of darkness. To improve your view as far as

    possible, keep your lights, mirrors and windscreen clean.

  • Watch for tell-tale brake

    lights up ahead to foresee any changes in traffic speed or queues which

    you may be joining.

  • Make sure you can stop

    safely within the distance you can see to be clear.

  • If you break down, pull over

    on to the hard shoulder and stop as far to the left as you can, pointing

    your wheels in towards the kerb.

  • When stopped on the hard

    shoulder, leave your vehicle and get as far away from the road as

    possible, behind the crash barrier, and up the bank if there is one.

There’s more advice on the IAM’s new website,, including thoughts on driving in rain, snow, ice, fog and