There are many drivers on the road that have difficulty driving at night. Why is this?
There is actually a medical condition that relates to this. It is called nyctalopia. Or commonly referred to as night blindness. When a person’s retina is damaged or not functioning correctly, this kind of blindness can become an issue. The retina allows for you to see light in dim conditions. But when it is damaged, the retina has dark pigment that causes the eye not to adjust correctly in those conditions. This is a real issue with many who drive.
There has been claims made that using night vision driving glasses can make your vision better. We are speaking about the different tinted lenses that are on the market these days. You may have seen or know people who use the yellow lenses at night. Sadly, there is no evidence to support that these lenses actually improve one’s vision at night.
The major problem that persons with night blindness express is the issue of glare. The glare coming from other vehicle’s head lights can cause issues with seeing street signs, highway markers, and even pedestrians.
We spoke about this issue of night vision problems with a tow truck service provider. They were able to give us some valuable insight. There are some tips that can be done to help minimize some of this for yourself – and for other drivers on the road with you.
Pay attention to your windshield. Is it clean? Streaks, dust, and dirt will cause light to blur when it hits your windshield. Often, just using your washer blades to clean your windshield isn’t enough. There are glass cleaners available that will make a huge difference. You also need to clean the inside of your windshield periodically as well. Dust, streaks, grime, and fingerprints collect there as well. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe off any dirt from the inside and then, using the other side of the microfiber, spray a bit of glass cleaner on it and wipe using circular motion on the interior windshield surface.
When you are driving with oncoming traffic, the headlights can be very bright and cause glare. You can even feel temporarily blinded, if they are bright enough. A really good tip is to direct your eyes elsewhere to focus. Try looking to the right slightly. Don’t look directly into others headlights. Once they have passed, then you can look straight ahead again. If someone’s headlights are too bright in your rear-view mirror, tilting the mirror down will take care of that annoyance for you. Most rear-view mirrors have a tab that you can tap to make that very easy to do, without distracting you from the road.
You can also dim your cabin lights. This can help when you have bright light coming from your dashboard. Keep any overhead lights off, even if your passenger wants to read. They shouldn’t be reading in the dark anyways!
You also need to make sure your headlights are clean. Using the same glass cleaner, you can wipe them off and remove any dirt and grime. Keeping them clean will help you see better ahead of you, especially in dark, unlit areas. Winter time is a season that you should really be watching for dirt build up on them. Our roads will produce grime and slushy conditions will dim them down significantly.
Make sure your headlights are aligned correctly as well. You can check their position by shining them on a wall ahead of you, to see if they are pointing off at any angle. This is really important for both you and other drivers on the road. If you notice them off, get them realigned correctly as soon as possible.
And make sure you are checking in with yourself. By this we mean, check on your fatigue. Your eyes need to rest as much as the rest of your body. Never over do it. Coffee, chewing gum or energy drinks don’t really cut it here. Know what your limit is and plan your driving accordingly.
And please, please, drive according to the posted speed limit. Going faster than that will put you and others at risk in the dark. You can only see as far as you can in the dark, so this should be common sense. You can come up on a road hazard quickly. Which will put more than just yourself at risk. So please slow down.
You have been in and around many parking lots and parkades over the years. These areas are the first impression that many people get when they are doing business with you or transacting at your location. When you have a client pull into a parking lot, you want to make a good first impression. Keeping up with routine maintenance on your parking space should be a major component of your building maintenance tasks.
Seasonal changes will have a real impact on your lot. When the season changes from winter to spring, you are going to want to check the condition of your lot. Thaws can cause cracking and pot holes to form. Lines or markings will fade. And seasonal debris will collect during the seasons, such as leaves, dirt, sand, gravel, and litter. Your visitors don’t want to have to navigate carefully or cautiously walk through your lot.
Initially, do a walk around the lot, looking for signs of deterioration. Getting ahead of cracks and pot holes, by taking care of them as soon as you notice them, will save you in the long haul. It is normal for asphalt and concrete to deteriorate overtime. If you can address issues as they come up, you may avoid having to replace your entire lot.
Next, you will want to remove all the seasonal dirt, garbage, litter, and debris that collects. Keeping your lot free of loose gravel and rocks will protect it from deterioration as vehicles drive over it. You also want to make sure that no one trips or twists their ankle because of loose material that makes walking unstable. Never neglect to ensure no one injures themselves when they come for a visit to your establishment. This includes them safely getting from their car to your front door. Scheduling parking lot sweeping at the change of seasons will help with your routine maintenance. Also ensure you have garbage containers in locations to encourage your visitors to use them.
Once your lot has been cleaned up, you will be able to get your parking lot line painting done. Often called line striping, lot striping, or pavement markers, these provide your visitors with indicators on where they can park, what stalls may be designated for handicap use, walkways or crosswalks, and even directional guidance through the lot. When you don’t keep the lines clearly marked, drivers may not adhere to the correct parking plan and you can lose space due to vehicles taking up too much room. Or you could be putting your pedestrians at risk, if the walkways or crosswalks are not clearly marked.
While most businesses are very focused in on customer service and ensuring their products and services are meeting the demand of the public, they cannot miss the importance of keeping their parking lots in good shape. A rundown parking lot will give the impression that the business doesn’t care about its appearance or reputation to the public. This is the last thing that any business wants. Your interaction with your clients or customers begins the moment they pull into your lot.
When you have made the decision to use epoxy flooring in your garage, your home, or your workplace, you have made a great choice. The ease of cleanup and maintenance is a great reason for choosing it. However, there are proper steps to be followed when cleaning and maintaining it. You should consider these as they will keep your flooring nice and clean for many years to come. Regardless of the type of coating (polyurea, polyurethane, or polyaspartic), these tips still apply.
Let’s talk about your garage floor epoxy. We imagine the finish results were exactly as you wanted them. Maybe even exceeded your expectations. But now you will want to maintain that same quality of flooring as long as possible. We want you to be mindful of the traffic that will occur on the day in and day out use of the space. We are talking about tires and even shoes. These track in dirt and grime onto the epoxy flooring surface. Be aware that, over time, this dirt will cause a sanding effect on the surface of the flooring, regardless of how small the particles are. It could lead to a diminished gloss on the garage epoxy or flooring.
Purchasing a good quality dust mop should be on your shopping list. We commend a big enough one to accommodate the size of the area (usually 24 to 36 inch should suffice). You can grab one at any of the home improvement shops in your area. Or even order one online.
The one thing that dirt and grime has going for it is – it doesn’t stick to the flooring. So a weekly sweep with the dust mop should capture all of those particles and get them swept away. Just remember to clean the dust mop as well. Otherwise, you will be sweeping with particles trapped in it, which will scratch at the epoxy flooring. The simple sweeping up of the garage flooring will be the biggest piece of your ongoing maintenance.
If you don’t really care for the dust mop option, you can use a soft bristle push broom. They are quite effective on flooring that has an anti-slip coating on it. They usually will not scratch the epoxy surface, if used correctly. And again, make sure they are not building up contaminants on the brush. If so, clean them before using again.
Sweeping isn’t going to be all that effective with getting into the tight corners or tracks in the floor. You can use a vacuum to clean out any dirt and grime from those spots easily.
Once you have swept up the epoxy flooring, you might be wondering what kind of cleaner is recommended. We would say warm water and a bucket should do just fine.
Soap-based floor cleaners will leave a dull film on the surface. If the surface is heavily soiled, you can add 5 ounces of pure ammonia per gallon of water. Use a good hard foam mop and that should be enough to get the job done. Tackling any spills or stains as they occur is always your best option. Keep some paper towel, soft cloth, or a clean rag on hand and wipe it up right away. If it leaves a shine on the epoxy, you can give it a quick drop of Windex to get rid of that as well.
Putting the sweep up of the space on a weekly schedule and the mopping on a monthly one, should help you keep your epoxy flooring shining on for a long, long time!