Published on January 25th, 2019
As the sun sets, and rush hour drags into the night, the roads that you are driving become less safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 49 percent of all fatal crashes nationwide, happen at night, with 54% of those being alcohol-related.
Unfortunately, you have no control over other drivers; however, there are things that you can do to stay safe on the road. Here are five, night driving dangers that you need to be on the lookout for when driving.
1. Compromised Night Vision
Our night vision is what allows us to see in low light situations, like when we are driving at night. As we age, it can be more difficult to see at night. To combat this issue, you have to try and minimize the distractions around you and avoid driving at high speeds.
If night driving becomes more difficult, you might want to have your eyes checked by your optometrist to check for the development of cataracts, which can contribute to glare.
It’s estimated that one in six crashes that results in death or severe injury on major roads is a result of fatigue. A poll by the National Sleep Foundation showed that 60 percent of adults while they were fatigued, with another 103 million people falling asleep at the wheel.
Of those, 103 million people four percent have admitted to causing a crash after falling asleep behind the wheel.
Not getting enough sleep can significantly affect your attention, level of awareness, reactionary reflexes, and ability to control the car.
Getting seven to eight hours is recommended, and you should get behind the wheel of a car if you’ve been awake for more than 16 hours.
3. Rush Hour
The evening rush hour, which is between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. on the weekdays, is one of the most dangerous times to drive, and this is even more so during the winter when it gets dark early. To are a few tips to help you avoid getting into an accident during rush hour.
- Slow down, don’t be impatient behind the wheel
- Beware of drivers who dart between lanes.
- Stay alert and avoid going on autopilot
- Avoid eating, drinking, or looking at your phone
- If you’re unfamiliar with the area, check a map and memorize your route.
When there are fewer cars on the road, drivers are tempted to drive faster. However, when you speed you end up with less time to react to sudden changes or unexpected hazards in the road.
Along with your reduced visibility at night, speeding can make it much more difficult to judge the distance and speed on other cars on the road.
5. Impaired Drivers
Every day, nearly 30 people die in a crash as a result of a driver who is impaired by alcohol. Prescription medications and other drugs increase this number significantly.
Unfortunately, impaired drivers are typically on the road at night, especially on the weekends. If you’ve been injured due to an impaired driver, qualified attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Even though we only do about one-quarter of our driving at night, more than 50% of traffic deaths occur at night. It doesn’t matter if you’re familiar with the road or not, driving at night is always more dangerous, but by taking some extra precaution, you can decrease your risk of getting in an accident.