Commuting Tips for Driving in the Dark

Winter isn’t quite here yet, but daylight savings time has officially ended for the year. That means your commute to and from work is darker and colder. Driving in the dark means your visibility is lowered, which creates extra challenges. Not to mention, temperature changes can create strain on your vehicle. So, how can you continue to commute to and from work safely during this season of change? 

Here are a few tips:

  • Give Your Car a Safety Check: You’ll need all the tools your car gives you to stay safe when it’s dark and cold. Check your car to make sure it’s in good condition. From your lights and turn signal to your car fluids and tires, consider giving your car a comprehensive safety review to make sure it’s in working order. 
  • Give Yourself Time: Rushing to and from work is dangerous, but it’s especially dangerous in the dark. Give yourself plenty of time to commute to and from work. Manage your time so you have wiggle room in your schedule to drive as cautiously as you need to, depending on the weather conditions. 
  • Concentrate: When you’re driving in the dark, it’s important to be extra alert and concentrate more on driving since you have fewer visual cues to react to. Prioritize getting enough sleep at night so you have the energy to last you through your commute home.
  • Be Alert: While driving, make sure you stay especially alert since there is reduced visibility. Make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times. Pay attention to your car to make sure it is in good operating condition.


  1. When was the last time you performed a safety check on your car? 
  2. What is one thing you could start doing to improve your work commute? 
  3. Do you consider yourself a safe driver? Why or why not?