Even if your eyesight is perfect, driving at night always adds in additional challenges when it comes to staying safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal accidents are three times more likely to happen in the dark hours than during daylight. Here are some tips to keep you safe when driving at night:
Combat Fatigue: Driving when tired/exhausted decreases reaction times, not to mention that you are more likely to fall asleep at a very inopportune time. During the night, it’s also easier to fall into an autonomic state that can quickly put you into a dream state even if your eyes are wide open. Get your rest and don’t hesitate to pull over in a rest stop to catch a nap. Don’t forget about Uber and Lyft!
Don’t Drink: You’re four times more likely to end up in a fatal accident at night if you’ve thrown alcohol into the mix. It’s never okay to drink and drive. Designate a sober driver and relinquish your keys if you’re worried you might decide to drive home after drinking. Again, remember Uber and Lyft.
Defensive Driving: Never expect that other people are sober or assume that anyone sees you. Take a defensive stance by staying aware of everything around you. Throw in minimizing your distractions: no texting, talking on your phone, or navigating your GPS. If it can’t wait, pull over and deal with it without jeopardizing your life or the others on the roads around you.
Don’t Drive Like a Jerk: While that might seem obvious to some, it’s not to all! Don’t be in a hurry and always let the other guy “win”. It’s really not a race out there. Let them be the jerk. Don’t speed and don’t give in to road rage. No one ever wins when that happens. Your life and those of your passengers are always more important than edging out the guy trying to cut you off on the freeway.
Lights: Make sure that all of your lights are properly functioning. It’s what helps everyone around you at night know that you are there and what you are planning to do. Turn signals matter. So do your brake lights. Headlights, low and high beams, are also there for a reason. Don’t abuse your high beams but do know when to use them. You’ll want to make sure that they are pointed in the right direction. When they’re too high or too low, that alone can cause an accident.
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