There are many reasons why driving is safer during the daytime than at night. Obviously, visibility is higher during the day. Although there is more traffic, drivers are more likely to be wide awake and alert during the day. Drunk drivers cause a significant percentage of car accidents, and drunk driving is largely a nighttime problem. Finally, streetlights and headlights, while necessary, often temporarily blind drivers to what is before them. Here are some safety reminders for driving at night.
Visibility is issue number one. You must maintain your headlights. Only drive at a speed that allows you to stop safely within your field of vision. If your headlights are only illuminating the road thirty feet in front of you, you must be able to stop within this distance. Otherwise, you are counting on the area you cannot see being clear. When other cars approach, you may be blinded by their headlights, so slow accordingly.
It is your responsibility to be alert while behind the wheel. You should not drive when you are drowsy, exhausted, or otherwise incapacitated. Nodding off is a sign that you should stop your car immediately. Pull off to a safe parking area and take a nap, or get out and refresh yourself immediately. If you remain sitting, your body is obviously in a comfortable enough state to nod off again. Look out for erratic driving from other cars, as this is a sign of drowsy or drunk driving.
Never drive drunk. If you enjoy alcohol and are attending a party or going to a bar or restaurant, make alternative plans to get yourself home. Do not wait until you have become drunk before deciding what to do. Alcohol will inhibit your judgment about your own ability to drive safely. Take that decision out of your own hands before you drink by designating a driver or arranging for a taxi. By all means, watch out for drunk drivers. Drive doubly defensively at night, avoiding other drivers as much as possible.
Many states have no fault insurance rules. This means that you will take an insurance hit even if you did not cause the accident. Accidents of this sort can increase your premiums even if you are a safe driver. The best way to avoid such an eventuality is to stay out of accidents.
SHORTCUTS TO CAR SAFETY ARTICLES:
Car Safety And Long Distance Driving
Car Safety And Nighttime Driving
Car Safety And Responsibility For An Accident
Car Safety And Transporting Infants And Children
Car Safety Tips And Highway Driving
Car Safety Tips: Don’t Drink and Drive
Car Safety: Avoiding Drunk Drivers
Car Safety: Distracted Driving Statistics
Car Safety: The Distractions Faced
Car Safety: The Results of Distracted Driving
Music Guidelines to Remain Focused On Driving
Grooming in the Car
Eating and Drinking in the Car
The Distraction of Cell Phones
Car Safety: Defensive Driving
Special Concerns While Driving: Older Drivers
Car Safety: Tailgating
Car Safety: Lane Changing Etiquette
Car Safety: Running Red Lights
Car Safety: Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Car Safety: Road Rage
Be Wary of Playing “The Good Samaritan”
Car Safety: Weather Concerns
Flooding and Snow Concerns While Driving
Practice Safe Driving Habits
Miscellaneous Car Safety Tips