Tips for Safely Driving at Night
Now that the days are ending earlier and the sun sets on our way home from work, many people will find themselves spending more time driving in the dark. Fatal accidents are three times more likely at night compared with the daytime, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Adjusting to new hours, impaired vision, and rush hour traffic all contribute to an increase in accidents when the sun goes down.
In order to avoid a nighttime collision, keep these tips in mind when hitting the road when the sun is down.
Check lights often
Headlights dim over time and there’s nothing worse than not knowing if your lights are on or not because they are so dim. Make sure your headlights and taillights are in good condition and are angled correctly. A car’s headlights can become misaligned over time. Your car’s owner’s manual might offer guidelines on how to properly aim your vehicle’s headlights, or you can have an auto shop take a look at them.
Drive more defensively
You should always drive defensively to help avoid a collision, but defensive driving should be practiced even more so when driving at night. According to NHTSA, the rate of fatal crashes involving alcohol impairment is almost four times higher at night than during the day. Stay alert by checking mirrors regularly to be aware of what is happening all around you.
Aim your eyes in the right direction
When driving against an oncoming car at night, make sure to cast your eyes down and focus on where the white line is on the road. Staring straight into an oncoming car’s lights can temporarily blind you. It’s also important to remember to have your brights off when an oncoming car is near to avoid blinding them.
Keep windshield clean
Dirty windshields can make focusing your eyes much more difficult, especially with highlights glaring off of them. Also, make sure the wiper fluid stays filled so wiping debris off is possible.
Take care of your eyes
Driving at night can be particularly difficult for people who struggle with their eyesight. The glare from oncoming cars or street lamps can visually impair us long enough to lose control. Make sure to consult an eye doctor if you feel as though your eyesight is impaired when you drive. Also, make sure to have your glasses with you if you wear them at night.
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