Employers have a responsibility for the health and safety of all employees carrying out work activities, this includes when they are driving for work. They are also required to consider any risks and take reasonable steps to minimise them. When the clocks change and the evenings draw in, many employees who drive for work purposes will be doing so in the dark and you may need to consider the additional hazards of driving in poor light when conducting your risk assessments:
•Depth perception, ability to distinguish colour, and peripheral vision, are all worse in low-light conditions.
•Xenon headlights are becoming more common. They are brighter than conventional halogen headlights. This benefits the driver but can be problematic for people driving oncoming vehicles.
•As we age the lenses inside our eyes lose their transparency, which can result in experiencing more glare when driving at night.