Dangers of Nighttime Driving
There have been several studies showing that the frequency of accidents increase during the night. This is easy to understand with the lack of natural light and headlights shining too brightly into a drivers eyes. However, light is not the only factor that plays into the increase of accidents during nighttime hours. The following five tips will help you keep yourself and others safer on the roads once the sun goes down.
- Headlights: Headlights can be extremely helpful to drivers on a dark road but they can also be very harmful. It is important to make sure that your headlights are positioned properly. Your headlights should be at the same level of each other and adjusted so that they are not blinding oncoming traffic. It is also important to remember never to stare straight into other cars headlights. (Especially the high beams!) The bright light can easily distort your vision and enhance the risk of an accident.
- Keep your windshield clean: Street lights and headlights can cause streaks on your windows to show more prominently. This can be a distraction and can cause blind spots. It is very important to have a clean windshield for any driving but it can become even more important while driving at night.
- Mirrors: Just like the lights in front of you can distort your vision, lights coming from behind you can do the same. Make sure you side mirrors and you rear view mirror are all kept clean and adjusted properly.
- Turn off/dim lights inside your vehicle: In most vehicles there is an option to dim your dashboard lights. You want to make sure you can still see everything on your cars dashboard but there is no need for them to be bright enough where they impair your vision and create a possible glare.
- Be on the lookout for animals: A lot of animals tend lay out by the road or dart out to try and cross it. At night it can be hard to spot these nocturnal and darker colored animals. Keep a look out for any “glowing” eyes in or around the road!
Nighttime driving can be dangerous even when you don’t have lights shining in your eyes and impairing your vision. Pay extra attention to your surroundings and make sure your windshield and mirrors are all clean in order to avoid any extra glare. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to call the LaBovick Law Group for your free consultation.
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