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Post by Founder 2011-03-01, 6:34 pm

Some tips for night driving -

* Have regular eye tests to ensure your sight is up to the required standard
* Carry a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses in the car
* Consider wearing anti-reflective lenses to reduce the light reflected from the lens surface
* If you have any problems with your eyes, check with your optician for advice about driving at night

Some added info just for your knowledge

Night Vision
Halo Effect reflection anti-reflective
Everyone should take extra care when driving at night because no matter how good your vision is, it will be more difficult to see. In most areas there are good levels of street lighting and our eyes do adapt naturally to help us see better at night time. Some people with eye problems may notice their sight becomes worse at night. Others may only find they have a problem with their sight when it is dark. This condition is often referred to as night myopia.

Night Myopia
Night myopia is a form of short sightedness and generally affects people under the age of 45. Someone with night myopia will be able to see things close up but not those in the distance. Objects in the distance will appear blurred. Young people with normal eye sight may find that in the dark, when there are low levels of light, their sight becomes blurred and they cannot focus on things that are close up. This occurs because in normal situations the eyes can change focus between short and long distances easily but when there is not much light, the system breaks down. The eyes are only able to focus on things in the distance at about one metre away.

Treatment for Night Myopia
It is not possible to prescribe special glasses or contact lenses for this condition. In most cases there is enough light when driving from street lighting and car headlamps for the eyes to work sufficiently. This is the case even in rural areas when there may be no street lighting. You should check with your optician that your vision meets the correct requirement for driving.

Blurred Vision
Another problem which may affect some people at night time is blurred vision. When there are low levels of light, the pupil becomes larger and this can accentuate any problems with focussing which causes blurring. If you do notice that your sight becomes slightly blurry in the dark, you may need to change your glasses or contact lenses to a higher prescription. You should visit your optician for advice.

Haloes and Reflections
Some people notice that they can see a halo effect or reflections around bright lights. This is more likely to happen when driving and the effects occur when looking at headlights. This does not necessarily mean there is a problem with your eyes but it is more likely a result of a dirty windscreen or glasses. The light scatters on a dirty surface which causes the halo effect or reflections. Condensation can also cause the light to reflect. It is important to clean your windscreen on the outside and on the inside to remove any dirt. Also make sure that your glasses are not dirty or scratched. There are anti-reflection lenses available which will reduce the likelihood of any halo effect or reflection and might be helpful if you drive a lot at night.

Not only is it dangerous to wear tinted glasses or sunglasses in the dark but the Highway Code stipulates that you should not wear them when driving at night. It is also inadvisable to wear them when weather conditions are poor, such as when it is raining heavily, it is foggy or snowing as visibility will be low. Tinted motorcycle helmets should also not be worn at night time or when the weather is bad.

Hope this is helpful

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Post by klimal 2011-03-01, 6:45 pm

Make sure the wipers are in good condition.
Nothing is worse than driving in the rain at night with wipers that smear rather than clear the windscreen.
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Post by Torque 2011-03-01, 6:51 pm

Great Info! Thanks Idea
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Post by sfunglee 2011-09-06, 12:39 am

Also add spot light or HID
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Post by clkok 2011-09-30, 1:29 am

Change to better head light lamp, like Osram NightBreaker Plus, or Philips X-tremeVision..

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Post by aaronsim 2011-09-30, 11:08 am

clkok wrote:Change to better head light lamp, like Osram NightBreaker Plus, or Philips X-tremeVision..

Cheers..

Have u changed that?

What I know that FoFi reflectors are good enuf to spread all the brightness. If we change a better bulbs. It enhanced the lightings.
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Post by Dias 2011-09-30, 12:07 pm

Personally I like the stock headlights. Good distance and brightness. What's more important during night driving is to keep a safe speed and maintain awareness on the surroundings (especially sharp curves, downhill slopes, winding roads) as well as the vehicles around you.
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Post by clkok 2011-09-30, 12:09 pm

Have brought the Osram NightBreaker Plus, but no install yet.. Very Happy

aaronsim wrote:
clkok wrote:Change to better head light lamp, like Osram NightBreaker Plus, or Philips X-tremeVision..

Cheers..

Have u changed that?

What I know that FoFi reflectors are good enuf to spread all the brightness. If we change a better bulbs. It enhanced the lightings.
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Post by spymonkey 2011-09-30, 12:20 pm

Please dont use HID. I get head aches with them. I hate it till death.

Edit: Might be obvious, drive at correct speed. Lol.
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Post by aaronsim 2011-09-30, 12:44 pm

spymonkey wrote:Please dont use HID. I get head aches with them. I hate it till death.

Edit: Might be obvious, drive at correct speed. Lol.

Our FoFi headlights are not designed for HID. It is due to HID bulb has longer filament. If we installed, it might killing others which might blinds drivers. Especially the Vios headlights are killing us if it installed.
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Post by spymonkey 2011-10-01, 9:56 am

aaronsim wrote:
spymonkey wrote:Please dont use HID. I get head aches with them. I hate it till death.

Edit: Might be obvious, drive at correct speed. Lol.

Our FoFi headlights are not designed for HID. It is due to HID bulb has longer filament. If we installed, it might killing others which might blinds drivers. Especially the Vios headlights are killing us if it installed.

Not designed doesnt mean you cant make adjustment. If people want it, they'll find a way.
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Post by Tristan 2011-10-01, 3:03 pm

Well said, I also agree that those cars who don't come factory fitted with HID but instead installed them on their own to be actually irresponsible. In other words, they optimised their own night driving by compromising other's. Only a few cars who retrofit their HIDs together with projector headlamps housing don't blind other drivers.
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Post by malli 2011-10-01, 11:20 pm

use GPS....for long distance....u will know next conners is...

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Post by Dias 2011-10-01, 11:31 pm

Our roads are not leveled. Factory fitted HIDs can still blind if the car is coming over the peak from the opposite direction while we are driving uphill.

Plus, a lot of our roads are badly lit (either insufficient lighting or the lamps just purely not working), especially near industrial areas (HICOM for one as an example), causing our irises to expand to allow better vision in the dark. A factory fitted HID car coming head on all of a sudden can overwhelm your vision of the surroundings in addition to forcing you to squint (especially hates it if it happens while navigating a curve).
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Post by bakkutt3h 2011-10-18, 4:09 pm

hi, sorry if wrong thread. May I know whats the bulb platform code for fiesta headlight and foglight?

H4 and H1 ?

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Post by sfunglee 2011-10-19, 8:20 am

clkok wrote:Have brought the Osram NightBreaker Plus, but no install yet.. Very Happy

aaronsim wrote:
clkok wrote:Change to better head light lamp, like Osram NightBreaker Plus, or Philips X-tremeVision..

Cheers..

Have u changed that?

What I know that FoFi reflectors are good enuf to spread all the brightness. If we change a better bulbs. It enhanced the lightings.

How much do you get? Just an extimeted price to share?

Philips X-treme Vision I know is kinda expensive.. Can say 15% better than Osram Night Breaker but personally Osram Night Breaker for Fiesta is adi so much improved..

Indeed Dias is right, stock bulb is good!
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Post by jsngooi 2011-12-30, 6:03 pm

Receive this from friend of mine previously but never have chance to try it personnaly. Hope it will be useful to the rest of the members here.

SAFE-DRIVING TIPS WHEN IT IS RAINING!

GOOD VISION IN A DOWNPOUR

How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour. We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily.
This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it.

It is useful...even driving at night.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad......

In the event you face such a situation, just put on your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car. You are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him this idea..

Try it yourself and share it with your friends!???

Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.?

You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing cars. Or the "kickup" if you are following a car in the rain. They ought to teach this little tip in driver's training.. It really does work.

This is a good warning. I wonder how many people knew about this.

Another good tip:

A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago. She was traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore. It was raining, though not excessively and her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence! When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened. He told her something that every driver should know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON . She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain..

But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on, your car will begin to hydro-plane when the tires lose contact with the pavement, and your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred. The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver's seat sun-visor - NEVER USETHE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY , along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the patrolman), was a man who had a similar accident, totaled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on. Even if you send this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't know about this, its still worthy. You might have saved a life.

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Post by Founder 2011-12-31, 1:01 am

jsngooi wrote:Receive this from friend of mine previously but never have chance to try it personnaly. Hope it will be useful to the rest of the members here.

SAFE-DRIVING TIPS WHEN IT IS RAINING!

GOOD VISION IN A DOWNPOUR

How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour. We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily.
This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it.

It is useful...even driving at night.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad......

In the event you face such a situation, just put on your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car. You are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him this idea..

Try it yourself and share it with your friends!???

Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.?

You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the "blindness" from passing cars. Or the "kickup" if you are following a car in the rain. They ought to teach this little tip in driver's training.. It really does work.

This is a good warning. I wonder how many people knew about this.

Another good tip:

A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago. She was traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore. It was raining, though not excessively and her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence! When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened. He told her something that every driver should know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON . She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain..

But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on, your car will begin to hydro-plane when the tires lose contact with the pavement, and your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred. The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver's seat sun-visor - NEVER USETHE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY , along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the patrolman), was a man who had a similar accident, totaled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on. Even if you send this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't know about this, its still worthy. You might have saved a life.

Great Info jsngooi!!!

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Post by jsngooi 2012-01-06, 9:17 pm

Hope it help and let me know if its work ya!

I couldn't try it myself coz I'm as good as blind without my glasses. Razz

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Post by Dias 2012-01-07, 7:24 pm

It does work but only up till moderate rainy conditions and there's sufficient daytime light (take note not to do this during late evenings/night as it reduces your vision of the road). Have been doing this as far back as 2007 and still do right now. Of course, when it's pouring to the point where it's like someone is hosing your windshield with water, that trick doesn't work.

The below site says that it only works on polarized sunglasses though. My shades are polarized, so I can't test the non-polarized ones.
http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/sunglasses.asp

TIP: Your shades are polarized if you can see some rainbow effect on your car's tinted glasses while driving during the daytime. The LCD screen will become darker (including the text) as well.
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Post by sfunglee 2012-01-09, 9:35 am

=) I'm driving with polarized glasses at night
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Post by Dias 2012-01-10, 2:02 pm

Normal glasses? Or sunglasses?
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Post by Founder 2012-01-10, 2:20 pm

Dias wrote:Normal glasses? Or sunglasses?

If it's Sunglasses it'd be pretty dark I reckon. afro Very Happy

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Post by Guest 2012-01-10, 3:51 pm

well i personally dont like HID espsecially from vios or wira converted evo style car..they are such a nuisance to the driver when they drove behind us..its blinding others..i usually let them pass me and drive behind them with a high beam light so they get the taste of stock "HID" light..haha

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