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Nighttime Driving Hazards

Posted on July 26, 2016

Driving at night tends to be more dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, auto accident fatalities during nighttime hours are three times greater than during the day. Here are some reasons why:

Dealing with the challenge of lower light. Visibility, as well as your depth perception and peripheral vision, are impaired when it’s dark out. On top of that, you may be unable to see when an approaching vehicle’s lights shine in your eyes. Here are a few tips for driving in low light and at night:

  • Make sure your headlights are clean and properly aimed. A mechanic can focus the headlights and defog them, if needed.
  • Glance away from oncoming lights.
  • Keep your windshield clean and the windshield washer fluid reservoir full.
  • Increase your following distance.

Drowsiness. You are likely to be tired at night. Research shows significant percentages of adults admit to driving while tired or nodding off behind the wheel. Here are some tips for avoiding the dangers of nighttime driving:

  • Don’t plan to drive at night, if at all possible.
  • Don’t plan to get a lengthy road trip in overnight, without getting any rest.
  • If you find yourself feeling drowsy, consider pulling over in a safe place to rest.

Higher rates of drunk driving. The National Safety Council says impaired drivers are most often on the roads after dark. The hours between midnight and 3 a.m. are especially hazardous, even more so on weekends. It’s not just drunk drivers that cause car accidents, but also drivers impaired by drugs.

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