Why drive at night is it so dangerous to? A driver’s reaction depends largely on his or her ability to see, and vision is severely limited at night. As people age, their reaction time tends to slow and their eyesight is not as sharp.
In part one of our two-part series, we provided you with three suggestions to keep you safe while driving at night. Those were: scheduling regular eye exams, aiming your headlights and reducing reflections. You should schedule an eye exam at least once a year, make sure your headlights are pointed in the correct direction and dim interior vehicle lights to reduce distractions.
Here are three more night-time driving suggestions:
1. Don’t drive while tired
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that around 100,000 reported crashes each year are a result of driver fatigue. Of those 100,000, just over 1,500 are fatal. In 2013, 1,015 tired drivers crashed in Utah. That number has stayed relatively consistent since 2006.
“Make sure to always designate a sober driver.”
2. Don’t drink and drive
Most drinking and driving accidents occur at night when people are out of work, relaxing and celebrating with friends. Nationally, in 2011, drunk driving involved accidents were nearly 5 times higher at night than during the day. Make sure to always designate a sober driver.
3. Clean your car
As the sun goes down, other drivers have much more difficulty seeing dirty cars than clean ones. Wash headlights, taillights and windows each week. Dirty windows can also make it more difficult to see the road because they refract light and cause glare.
If you’ve recently been in an accident at night or have questions about nighttime driving accidents, contact The Advocates.