Since the ability to see clearly is an important aspect of driving, nighttime is one of the leading causes of car accidents; causing countless accidents, injuries, and deaths. Driving at night should be taken more seriously because of how serious of an issue it is amongst drivers.
In this article, we're going to look at some statistics surrounding driving at night, when to avoid driving at night, and tips for dealing with driving at night. Hopefully, by the end of it, you will learn the proper cautions to take while night driving.
It's important to be safe in these situations. You never know when something awful might happen to you or someone around you.
To help you fully understand this subject, below is a compiled list of statistics surrounding night driving and car accidents.
- The deadliest time to drive is midnight to 3am on Saturdays (statistic from 2016)
- 48-percent of all fatal accidents take place during nighttime conditions
- Drowsy driving occurs most frequently between midnight and 6am
- 30-percent of drivers involved in fatal accidents at night are drunk
When to Avoid Driving at Night
As you can tell, night driving is something that shouldn't be ignored while driving. Below is a list of things to consider before driving at night.
Don't Drive at Night if You're Tired
Since your ability to see is weakened, it doesn't make sense for you to drive at night if you're already fatigued. Being tired and not being able to see will only cause an issue.
Don't Drive at Night if You Plan on Drinking
If you plan on drinking, don't bother driving. I know this is a common theme, but if you end up drinking more than you can handle then you might as well take an Uber, Lyft, or taxi to wherever you're going. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Don't Drive if You Have Car Issues
If you have a bad headlight or something along those lines, don't drive; especially at night. Wait until your car is fixed before you head back on the road.
Tips for Driving at Night
Now that you're at this part of the article, you're probably wondering what you should do for driving at night. The truth is, there are a lot of things to consider before you drive at night. Below is a list of points to consider before night driving.
Since your vision is limited at night, make sure you're alert. You never know what might happen in front of your car.
Don't Be Distracted
Don't adjust the radio too much, don't look at your phone, and don't dig in your bag for something. You're driving at a time that is one of the riskiest times to drive in general, so act like it.
Look Out for Drunk Drivers/Drowsy Drivers
Always be on the look-out for drunk drivers and drowsy drivers. Nighttime sees an increase of drunk drivers and drowsy drivers. If you're headed into town or have a long drive ahead, be alert.
Make Sure Your Car is Good to Drive
This is self-explanatory, but don't go off driving if your car is missing all of its headlights.
You never know when the car in front of you might have to break, don't bother tailgating.
Keep Your Windows/Windshield Clean
As noted, your ability to see is impaired; meaning your windows and windshield need to be spotless to help you see. Having dirty windows will make it even more difficult for you to see than it was already.
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