We’ve officially turned the clocks backward an hour, which means it now gets darker outside sooner. According to the NHTSA, fatal accidents are three times more likely to happen at night than the daytime. So we’ve come up with a few tips to help you drive safer during nighttime hours.
- Use your lights:
This is a no brainer, but make sure to use your headlights to stay visible in not only the dark but bad weather conditions such as rain, snow, or hail. While you’re at it, test all your lights as well, including low beams, high beams, daytime running lights, turn signals, and brake lights. Don’t forget to check the angle of your headlights too – too much of an angle can be blinding to other drivers or not illuminating enough for you.
- Be a Defensive Driver:
Night time driving poses many risk some of which include the likes of not so stellar drivers, nocturnal animals, and unseen road hazards. So prepare for the worse and drive defensively.
- Take Care of Yourself:
It may seem like a totally random tip but making sure you’re comfortable and alert can help make nighttime driving easier. This means adjusting your dashboard lights to a less distracting brightness, getting your eyes checked to make sure you don’t need a nighttime driving prescription, and not driving while drowsy.
- Plan Your Route:
We’re all busy and we’ve all got places to be, but planning your route and slowing down may decrease your likely hood of being involved in a crash at night. So while figuring out which road you’d like to travel, try to pick the route that is well lit and has more than one lane. Don’t forget to slow down too, as according to the NHTSA speeding-related crashes are responsible for 37% of nighttime-driving fatalities.