Although you should take caution any time you go behind the wheel, there are certain hazards that are more prevalent at night than they are during the day.
Knowing the dangers of nighttime driving can help you improve your safety. It can also make you more mindful of when you should avoid the road completely and which drivers to stay away from.
Enhance visibility as much as you can
With the lack of sunlight, especially as days grow shorter, it’s important to do all you can to make sure you’re still getting a clear view of the road ahead. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports that nighttime drivers are only able to see 250 to 500 feet in front of their vehicle. So, small steps like cleaning your windshield and headlights and remembering to wear your prescription glasses can make a world of difference. Dimming the lights on your dashboard and not looking directly at the lights of approaching vehicles may also help you see better.
Understand the danger of drowsy driving
Many people go behind the wheel to after a long day or after staying out late at night. While making it home safely is a possibility, even if you are sleepy, far too many drivers have nodded off or fell asleep and caused crash. To put the danger of drowsy driving in perspective, missing out on just two hours of sleep can impair a driver the same way three beers would, according to NSC. This means if you are feeling just slightly drowsy, it’s best to rest up before going behind the wheel. You could also use a rideshare app the same way you would if you were drunk.
Look out for impaired drivers
Even when you are fully alert, not facing fatigue or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, that doesn’t mean you are completely safe from other impaired drivers. Keeping your distance between other drivers is a safe habit during the day that might make the difference between a safe ride home and a terrible accident. Double and triple checking at intersections is also crucial, because an impaired driver might totally bypass a stop sign or red light. You can also increase your safety by avoiding being on the road at night whenever possible and staying overnight with friends or family during widely-celebrated holidays.
Your goal should be to try your best to not get in an accident in the first place. But, thankfully, there are ways to receive compensation after colliding with a negligent driver