Driving at night may be a necessary thing to do for some motorists. When you have to drive at night, it is not overstated to suggest that the risk of injury or death is greater than when driving during the day. When driving at night is unavoidable, it is on you as the motorist to reduce the risk of a crash or fatality from occurring.
There are basic things that can be done when driving at night. These things, like ensuring that your vehicle is in top form and staying off the road when tired, go a long way to reducing the more than 34,000-plus traffic-related fatalities that occurred in the United States in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, DC.
The Problems Associated with Night Driving
The NHTSA maintains data on driving safety. The NHTSA findings show an increased risk for vehicle crashes, injury, and fatalities at night than during the day. This increase can be attributed, in part to a lack of focus and attention while on the road at night, the use of intoxicants (alcohol and drugs including those legally prescribed), equipment malfunctions, and the loss of visibility.
There are many hazards and dangers that can be hidden when driving at night. The cover of darkness makes normal driving conditions during the day more hazardous at night. This danger can be reduced when drivers express greater caution and do not engage in those risky behaviors (like being impaired or tired) that contribute heavily to nighttime driving danger.
Driving at Night
Driving at night can be made safer when you and other motorists adopt a more cautious approach. This includes enhancing awareness when on the roads at night. There are many things that a driver can do to protect themselves, their valuable asset (the car), and protect the lives of many. These things also help lower insurance costs and help you maintain a safe driving record.
A car that is well maintained and clean works better at night than one that has mechanical issues or obstructs your view. Something as simple as cleaning your windshields and wiping dust from your lights goes a long way to reduce crashes and fatalities. Maintaining a safe driving distance and adopting a reactive, defensive stance when driving will allow you to avoid harm. Finally, avoiding all intoxicants when driving at night is an absolute must if you want to make it home safely from a nighttime drive.
Improving Nighttime Driving
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Choosing to drive at night requires taking affirmative actions to ensure that everyone is safe. This includes drivers, passengers, and non-drivers on the road. A loss of attention or any type of physical impairment, whether permanent or temporary, could change the lives of many people in an instant. It is the job of all drivers at night to be extra cautious and attentive on the road. This vigilance will go a long way to ensure that everyone gets to go home safe.