According to the National Safety Council, traffic deaths are nearly three times greater at night than during daylight hours.
Why is driving more dangerous once the sun goes down? There are several contributing factors such as lessened visibility and fatigue, as well as reduced peripheral vision and depth perception.
Here are fives steps that can help you minimize the risks when driving at night:
Make Sure Your Windows And Headlights Are Clear
It’s important that you clean both the inside and outside of your windows because they can increase glare, which makes it harder to see. As for your headlights, dirt can lower their effectiveness by up to ninety percent.
Adjust And Clean Exterior Mirrors
Dirty mirrors will reflect the headlights from the vehicles around you in a wider shape that can result in a glare. When it comes to adjusting them for nighttime driving, you should position the mirrors so you can easily move your head away from the lights reflecting in them.
Don’t Stare At Oncoming Lights
When driving at night, your eyes become adjusted to the darkened road and the soft glow from your car’s instrument panel. This means bright lights can interrupt your concentration. The best solution is not to look directly at oncoming high beams or other lights along the roadway.
While speeding during the day is dangerous, it’s even more so at night due to decreased visibility.
Don’t Get Fatigued
Avoiding fatigue is especially important if you’ll be driving for a long period of time. Make sure you have proper ventilation inside your car and take frequent breaks to drink a caffeinated drink or to take a short, brisk walk.
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