Night Driving: Seeing the Possible Dangers
Driving at night can be a scary thing! The National Safety Council has reported that vehicle death rates are three times higher at nighttime than they are in the daytime. Because vision accounts for nearly 90% of your reaction while driving, driving during the night dramatically decreases your ability to effectively respond to potential hazards on the road. However, there are some great tips to keep in mind if you have to drive at night.
- Don’t drive after drinking, especially at night. Alcohol already damages your ability to quickly react and driving in the dark puts you at an even greater risk.
- Slow down. When driving at night, your visibility is already impaired. Driving at a slower speed will allow you more time to safely avoid a potential accident or hazard in the road. It’s much more important to arrive safely at your destination and risk being late than driving recklessly to reach your destination in time. Keep this in mind: at 60 mph, it will take you more than 200 feet to stop.
- Watch for animals. Deer are on the move mainly between October and January. During these months, use extra caution when driving at night. Dusk and dawn are the prime times for deer to be out, so try to avoid driving at this time. If you can’t, drive slowly and stay in the middle lane if roads allow. If a deer does dart out in front of you, don’t try to swerve. Brake and remain in your lane. Also, watch out for more deer because they usually travel in groups.
- Be bright. It’s important to ensure your headlights properly work so that you can see the road and other drivers can see you. It’s important, however, to have your headlights positioned correctly so you don’t blind oncoming traffic, but you still have a safe amount of light guiding you on the road. Dirt and grime can build up on the headlights’ coverings and it’s important to regularly clean this off to make sure all the light gets through. Make sure your brights are never on when driving with other cars.
- Clean Your Windshield. It’s important to regularly clean your windshield for maximum visibility. Streaks and smears on your windshield can compromise your full view of the road ahead when headlights and other sources of light reflect off of the glass.
- If you’re driving in dense fog, keep your headlights on the lowest setting. The bright lights can reflect in the fog and further impair your visibility.
While these few tips can help you be a better driver, you should take extra caution and know the effectiveness of your own night vision. If you’re struggling to see at night, consult your optometrist. You must be even more alert when driving at night, watching for reckless drivers and animals running out on the road.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident at night caused by a reckless driver, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Tyler, Texas for a free consultation. We provide the best legal care in East Texas for those injured in car accidents.