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If you’re over 50, your nighttime vision probably isn’t what it used to be.

According the US National Safety Council, the typical 50-year-old needs twice as much light to see as well after dark as a 30-year-old.

To improve night vision, experts advise protecting your eyes during the day by wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim when the weather is sunny. Bright sunlight can bleach the photoreceptors and lengthen the time it takes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

And darkness is apparently the reason more accidents happen at night. Here are some tips from the 50Plus website:

– Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition, especially your lights and brakes.

– Clean the windshield thoroughly, inside and out at least weekly. Make sure the windshield wipers and the washer reservoir are full and operational.

– Slow down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. You should be able to stop inside the area illuminated by your headlights.

– Clean the headlights. Even a thin layer of grime can reduce the light they cast by about 90 per cent. which in turn reduces how well you can see.

Glare recovery is a major concern when driving at night. The average person needs 10 seconds, but that increases with age.

* Look beyond the oncoming headlight beam and not directly into it.

* Reduce the illumination of the dashboard lights.

* After experiencing glare from an oncoming vehicle, gradually let off the gas, look to the right slightly, and resume normal driving after the vehicle passes.

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