While night driving there are quite a few more factors to take into consideration, like drowsy and drunk drivers or even those whose vision can be impaired by the darkness; however, there are things you can do to minimize the dangers.
The National Safety Council recommends these steps:
- Keep headlights, tail lights, signal lights and windows (inside and out) clean so that you have an adequate view of your surroundings.
- Have your headlights properly aimed. Mis-aimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
- Eat strategically if you know you must be awake late into the night. By having protein-rich food, you will be more alert.
- Avoid smoking and driving as smoke’s nicotine and carbon monoxide hamper night vision.
- Always turn your headlights on.
- Reduce speed and increase your following distances.
- Don’t overdrive your headlights. You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area. If you cannot, you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.
- When following another vehicle, keep your headlights on low beams so you do not blind the driver ahead of you.
Many of us are unaware of night driving’s special hazards or don’t know effective ways to deal with them. Following these simple safety tips can help save a life.