Most of us fail to realize the dangers of driving at night. In fact, based on the studies done by the National Safety Council, the fatalities on the road are three times greater at night than during the morning or afternoon. There are various reasons why night driving poses higher risks than during the day. Here are a few reasons:
- Darkness: The driver won’t be able to see clearly during the night.
- Limited Vision: The driver’s reaction depends on what he sees, and his vision is severely limited at night when there is not enough light.
- Drowsiness and Fatigue: Most people tend to be tired and drowsy at night
- Compromised depth perception and peripheral vision
Despite the hazards of night driving, we can’t just wait for the sun to come up. Thankfully, there are certain precautionary measures that help reduce the risks of after-dark hazards. Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the road at night.
Night Driving Tips
Keep Your Lights Clean: Before you take your car out for a drive at night, make sure that you properly prepare it. Keep your tail lights, signal lights, headlights, and windows clean. This will help you see better and allows other drivers to see your lights better.
Aim Your Headlights: Mis-aimed headlights can blind other drivers on the road, and may limit your vision at night. With that said, it is crucial to aim your headlights properly. You can follow the directions written in your owner’s manual. Remember though to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.
Don’t Stare At Oncoming Lights: Bright lights can disrupt your concentration on the road. It is very easy to become distracted by the dim glow you see on the road, and you end up staring into the bright headlights of a truck headed your way without even realizing it. With that said, you must turn your gaze away from the oncoming lights. If the vehicle behind you has turned on its high beams, you can move your rearview mirror to reflect the light backwards to let the other driver know. Doing so will also help keep the reflection away from you.
Avoid Glare: If an oncoming car fails to lower its beams from high to low, you can avoid glare by staring at the right edge of the road instead. You can use it as a steering guide and to keep your gaze away from the blinding light.
Don’t Drink And Drive: This is one of the most basic rules of driving. Aside from the fact that drunk driving is a traffic offense, it is also one of the leading causes of accidents. Alcohol impairs your driving ability as well as your decision making capacity. In addition, alcohol can also induce fatigue which can lead to fatal traffic accidents.