Stay Safe While Driving at Night
Rain or shine, no matter what month of the year you are on the road, driving at night is always less safe than driving during the day. Even more so, the hours between midnight and 6 am are the least safe time of night to be behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, the risk increases because you could encounter drivers under the influence, drowsy drivers, or distracted drivers between those hours.
Although driving at night is more dangerous than getting behind the wheel during the day, there are ways you can stay safe:
- Don’t look at other headlights – Staring at other vehicle headlights can cause your night vision to be impaired. Keep your eyes averted when facing on-coming traffic.
- Don’t take your eyes off the road – Distracted driving, which happens when you use your cell phone to talk or text while driving, is particularly lethal at night when visibility is poor. No matter what time of the day or night, avoid distracted driving activities.
- Always use your headlights – Headlights help increase the visibility of the road in front of you, but they also help other drivers see you when you’re on the road.
- Wear your seat belt – Seatbelts keep you safe in the event of an accident. Always be sure to buckle up.
It’s easy to be lulled into a false state of security when driving at night, especially if you are one of the only cars on the road in the early morning hours, so be sure to follow these tips for a safe journey no matter where you’re headed.