Driving at night is more dangerous than driving during the day. That much is obvious. But what might not be so obvious is exactly how much more dangerous it is.
According to the National Safety Council, traffic-related deaths are three times greater at night than during the day. And the older you get, the more difficult it is to see when the sun goes down. In fact, a 50-year-old driver needs twice as much light to see than a 30-year-old. When drivers are 60 years old, driving becomes even more challenging as age-related vision problems and eye diseases become more common.
To stay safe, no matter what age you are, there are a variety of actions you can take.
1. Schedule regular eye exams
Before you step in your vehicle, make sure you’re able to effectively drive. Each year schedule an eye exam no matter if you’re in your teens or mid 60s.
“Many times the lights are uneven or pointed lower than necessary.”
2. Aim your headlights
Many people assume their cars are built correctly. In our case, this would mean the headlights are positioned at the right angle. This isn’t necessarily true. Many times car lights are uneven or pointed too low. It’s best to have a mechanic check this for you.
3. Reduce reflections
People often decorate the inside of their car with LED light strips. While they look nice, we recommend you don’t do this. The manufacturer not only installs the correct amount of interior lights, we may even argue it installs too many. Interior lights can distract drivers. To cut down on glare, try dimming your dashboard. Many vehicles have dashboard dimmers.
If you’ve been in an accident at night or would like more tips on how to avoid nighttime accidents, call The Advocates.