5 Tips for Driving Safely at Night

DRIVING SAFELY AT NIGHT

Nearly 90-percent of your reaction ability while driving relies on sight, yet the ability to see goes down dramatically at night. Your depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision all take a nosedive when the sun goes down.  Also, we’re naturally less alert at night.

As a result, nighttime driving is one of the most dangerous activities you can do, statistically speaking. Of all fatal car accidents, 49-percent occur at night, despite there being fewer drivers on the road. In fact, night driving has a fatality rate per mile nearly triple that of daytime driving

Drunk drivers, sleep-deprived driving zombies and errant animals are just a few of the dangers you must contend with on the road once the day grows late. So if you must be out and about after dark, how do you avoid being victimized by vehicular freaks and other things that go bump in the night?

Here are the 5 Most important safety tips for driving during the dark wee hours of the night…

  1. Stay Alert and Sober

  2. Your headlights?  Make sure both of them work

  3. Don’t be a Deer in the Headlights

  4. Use Technology for its Intended Purpose: Safety – 

    • A cell phone lets you call for help in the event of a breakdown, accident, or even if you’re too tired or tipsy to drive

    • A GPS navigation system can prevent you from getting lost in a shady area; many units have a nighttime setting that inverts light and dark colors — making the unit easier to read at night and also less distracting

  5. Carry a Roadside Emergency Kit

To Read more in depth about Driving Safely at night, check out the original article HERE

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