During nighttime, the risks are greater and accidents are higher compared to daytime driving. The main reason for this is decreased visibility.
What Makes Driving at Night a High Risk?
- Many young and inexperienced drivers share the road with you at night. They often lack the skills and focus necessary in driving.
- Bikers, cyclists, and pedestrians are considered vulnerable users of the road. At night, motorists cannot clearly see them.
- Wildlife also wander on to the road, and it is hard to see them at night.
- Car lights have limited reach. Oftentimes, it is too late to stop or react.
- Criminals use the road at night to rob motorists and create distractions and crashes. There are also less opportunities to get help at night.
- You share the road with tired and sleepy drivers such as workers returning home and drunk drivers.
Consider the following tips to help you manage the challenges that come with night driving:
- Drive at a normal speed. Pay attention to your surroundings. Be extra alert at intersections for other drivers who skip the red light as well as criminals who are looking for opportunities to attack.
- It is dangerous to swerve in order to avoid hitting an animal on the road. Just stay on your lane, hit the brakes, and maintain control as much as you can.
- Turn your headlights from sunset up to early morning. The headlights should be able to light up the road for you by about 4 seconds ahead.
- Be responsible when using your head beam. Dim your lights to avoid blinding other motorists. If an oncoming car is using full beam, flash your lights to notify the driver.
Other Things to Consider:
- In an emergency stop, use your brake lights to warn the motorists behind you and give them a time to react.
- Clean your windows always as dirty ones can affect your vision and increase the glare.
- Make sure your tank has enough windshield spray.
- If possible, do not use other types of lighting inside your car. Did the lights on your dashboard to help increase forward vision.
- If you cannot avoid long driving at night, make sure you stop and take breaks. While stopping, do some exercises with your eyes and shoulders.
When the sun goes down, your vision is compromised. The tips above can help ensure your safety while driving at night.
Do not stop with the safety guidelines above. There are more safety rules and regulations to make your trip free of accidents and criminal activities.
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