By Madeline Klein
A shocking statistic reported by The National Safety Council says that although only a quarter of our total driving is done at night, that is when 50% of traffic deaths occur. At Say, we want you to be as prepared as possible for the nighttime driving scaries, so let’s dive into some precautionary tips to avoid car accidents at night.
Lights, Camera, Action
Headlights, honestly lights in general, are a crucial part of nighttime driving. While this might seem obvious, keeping your lights in the best condition and on the right setting will make a world of difference.
Aim is everything. Make sure lights are not aimed too low or too high. This could cause you to lose sight more than 25 feet in front of you or strain oncoming drivers’ eyes.
High beam lights AKA “brights” can be especially helpful in rural areas with no street light. Just switch them down to normal headlights when you are within 500 feet of oncoming traffic. We’ve all been the driver who was blinded when someone else leaves their brights on, not cool!
A smudged or dirty windshield can throw untimely glares into your eyes when other cars pass.
Clean it. While you’re at it if you want to clean your whole car, we have some tricks to clean your car and clear your mind. If not, skip to number 10 on the list to focus on your windshield.
Dangerous animals always seem to pop out of the woods at night. They are usually as startled by your car as you are by seeing them freeze in the center of your lane. Deer can do some serious damage to a car, so make sure to avoid wildlife on the road wherever you can.
Driving while tired can be very dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 25 adult drivers have admitted to falling asleep while driving in the last 30 days.
Get a good night’s rest. It’s common knowledge that adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. While this isn’t always possible, it’s good to rest up if you know you’ll be driving late at night!
Caffeinate. If you enjoy coffee, soda, or tea, caffeine can give you the extra energy boost you may need. These drinks can help ensure that you make it to your destination safely.
Pull over and rest. Sometimes the best option is pulling over to get some sleep before continuing your trip. You can have a little fun with this pit stop by camping in your car.
Drive with Caution
All these other tips were about you, your car, or your surroundings. Now it’s time to focus on one more very crucial element, your driving! It’s important to be a defensive driver (bonus: you may even earn a discount on your policy). Always be wary of others on the road who could be fatigued or have been drinking.
Hopefully with these tips, you can take to the road feeling a little bit safer at night!
If you find this advice helpful and want more of it, check out our other blogs!
Posted January 6, 2020 in Street Smarts.