15 Safety Tips for Driving at Night
Driving at night is very hazardous. Premier Law Group of Bellevue is here to give you 15 safety tips for driving at night. Many of our clients experience accidents at night. These accidents can be more serious and are three times more likely to be fatal.
Ninety percent of a driver’s reaction time is based on their vision. Because of this, drivers older than 50 need two times the amount of light in order to see the same as a 30-year-old. Weekend nights happen to be the most dangerous time for fatal crashes. This can be attributed to the fact that 32% of car crashes involve at least one driver who has consumed alcohol.
Dangers of driving at night:
- Reduced Vision
- depth perception
- color recognition
- peripheral vision
- Driving Drowsy
- dulling concentration
- slowing reaction time
Keep Your Vision Sharp
If you are over the age of 60, it is recommended that you get an eye exam once a year to stay on top of your vision changes. If your Age is 41 to 60, every two years is how often you should get your vision checked. Anyone under the age of 40 should get their vision checked every three years at a minimum.
Here are our driving at night safety tips:
- Keep headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows clean.
- Check to be sure headlights are properly aimed, even in a new car.
- Dim instrument panel in and dash lights.
- Turn headlights on in early Twilight.
- Reduce speed and increase following distance.
- Make sure your speed would allow you to come to a complete stop within the distance illuminated by your headlights.
- Do not use high beams when following or approaching another vehicle
- Use the right edge of the road as a visual guide if blinded by oncoming traffic.
- Watch for the flash of headlights that may indicate approaching hills or hairpin curves.
- Raise or lower the rearview mirror to eliminate bright reflection from the following cars.
- Periodically stop for light snacks exercise or a nap.
- Wear glasses with anti-reflective lenses even with perfect vision.
- Keep your eyes moving rather than focusing on one area.
- Watch for deer (where there is one, they’re usually more).
- And, of course, never drink and drive.
If you have been involved in an accident, please call our team at Premier Law Group of Bellevue to talk directly to an attorney. All consultations are free of charge and we can help you to determine if you have a case or not. Our team is honest and upfront and we always have your best interest in mind. You can even check out our free tips and advice page here.