Many drivers who are fairly confident driving during the daylight hours may have a bit more anxiety when driving at night – and with good reason. Forty percent of all fatal car accidents happen at night. Drivers respond to what they see and observe around them, and when that visibility is reduced, it is more difficult to react safely.
But there are ways you can make your nighttime travels safer. Below is more about why driving at night is more dangerous and how you can make it safer for you and your passengers.
Night Driving Hazards
- Compromised vision: Car headlights, street lights, and other manmade light sources provide a fraction of the visibility offered by natural sunlight. That reduced visibility also impacts a driver’s depth perception, and peripheral vision.
- Dusk and dawn driving: A dangerous visual disparity occurs when the roads are dark but the sky is well-lit, making it difficult for drivers’ eyes to adjust and see the road ahead clearly.
- Glare: The glare coming off other vehicles’ headlights can temporarily blind drivers. Glare appearing in a driver’s rear and side view mirrors can be just as hazardous as glare from vehicles coming toward you.
- Increased exposure to dangerous drivers: Nighttime can mean the end of a long workday for many commuters, leaving them tired and less likely to focus on the road ahead. Drivers are also more likely to be under the influence of alcohol during the early morning hours before the sun comes up.
Tips for Safe Night Driving
There are several ways to make driving in the dark as safe as possible, including:
- Allow enough space to stop: Use the space illuminated by your headlights to gauge your stopping distance. Maintain a speed that will permit you to stop completely in the distance that your headlights illuminate.
- Dim the dash: Limit the brightness of your dashboard controls to prevent an unsafe contrast between dark and light and make it easier for you to see outside the vehicle.
- Clean your windows: Clear, streak-free windows reduce dangerous glares from other vehicles.
- Get enough rest: Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Make sure you are rested and alert before hitting the road at night.
- Drive sober: Drugs and alcohol compromise your motor skills and decision-making ability. Even a single drink can impact your driving skills. Let a sober friend take the wheel.
- Avoid distractions: Distracted driving accidents can happen in a matter of seconds. Put down the phone and pay attention to the road ahead.
- Consider anti-reflective lenses: Drivers who wear glasses may benefit from choosing anti-reflective lenses to reduce glare from oncoming cars.
- See your eye doctor: Older drivers require more light to see as well as a younger person. Make sure you are safe to drive at night with a routine eye exam.
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