Today, i will give you 5 safety tips that can be your guide when driving at night.
Despite the fact that the majority of driving is done during the day, about 40-50% of accidents occur at night. Luckily, there’s no reason that night driving has to be unsafe — with a few simple precautionary measures, you can drive safely, keep your visibility high, and even enjoy the unique experience of an immersive night drive.
- GOOD SIGHT.Driving at night requires that your sight is in good health, you are free from any eye infection or problems that can hinder you from seeing well at night.if you do have an eye problem visit a physician before embarking on your night driving.
2.Slow down. As a general rule, night driving requires slower speeds than daytime driving. Because visibility is much lower at nighttime than during the day (even on well-lit urban roads), it takes longer to see and react to traffic hazards, pedestrians, and other obstacles. Since you can’t control the types of hazards you’ll encounter on your drive but you can control your driving, your smartest move is simply to drive slower, giving yourself more time to react to any problems you come across. You’ll never want to “out-drive” your headlights — that is, to drive so fast that you can’t stop within the distance illuminated by your headlights in front of you.
3.When in doubt, turn your lights on. As night slowly begins to fall over a city’s streets and highways, there is almost always an hour or two during which some cars will have their headlights on and others will not. As a general rule, if you notice the day becoming darker (even just slightly), it’s a smart idea to flip your headlights on. Though you may not need your headlights to see the road during these times, other drivers may have an easier time seeing you with your headlights on (especially if the setting sun is behind you, obscuring the view of oncoming traffic)
4.Be wary of drunk and tired drivers. Statistically, there are almost always more drunk and overtired drivers on the road at night than there are during the day.This can have deadly consequences — for instance, in 2011, drunk driving contributed to more than four times as many accidents at night as it did during the day. Both of these conditions can dramatically lower a driver’s reaction speed and lead to reckless behavior, so keep an eye out for erratic drivers on the road and give them a wide berth.
- Keep in mind that weekend nights (Friday and Saturday) usually have more drunk drivers than ordinary weeknights because many people choose to start their weekend with a drink or two. Holidays can be especially bad. For instance, some analysis has shown that the early hours of January 1st can be the deadliest time of the year for drunk driving accidents
5.Take frequent breaks to fight fatigue. Just as you’ll want to keep an eye out for other motorists who may be impaired by fatigue, you’ll also want to make sure to keep your own fatigue in check. Being fatigued on the road can have many of the same risks as being drunk, including decreased awareness, slower reaction times, frequent “spacing out,” weaving in and out of the lane, and so on. To fight these problems, be sure to stop frequently, giving yourself a chance to exercise, have some food and/or caffeine, and re-focus before getting back on the road.
- If you’re too tired to drive safely — for instance, if you’re having trouble keeping your eyes open — pull over or find a rest stop and get some sleep. It’s much better to be safe than sorry and the life-threatening risks of falling asleep at the wheel for just a few seconds are much more important than the inconvenience of being late to your destination.