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What if I crash when it is dark?

The interesting thing about crashing is that when we talk about the scenarios, we always imagine them as if they are daylight. However, a good number of crashes do occur during the night stages, and some fraction of those end up in complete darkness. As in, the head lights are smashed, or the battery has been torn out, or the wires to the battery sheared, or maybe the front of the car is totally missing.

So, how to prepare for crashing in the dark. The answer, usually only obvious after the fact, is that you need flashlights. And on top of that, you need to know where they are. Some navigators wear a pen with a flashlight on a breakaway-style lanyard around their neck. Another common solution is to take a mini-mag style flashlight and either velcro it somewhere, or put it in a pouch installed on the door.

A helmet lamp will generally be more useful, since if you crashed, you're almost certainly going to be using two hands to pull and tug at something.

Remember that vibration is death to filament bulbs, so an LED flashlight is better here.

Have enough in the car for the driver and the codriver. And a spare, because you're going to drop the light right under the car just before it pivots on the rock it's been pinned on... and then crushes your light.