Poor vision, fatigue, and driving under the influence all play a major role in increasing the risk of an accident when driving at night. The National Safety Council offers several tips for safe driving at night, providing ways of reducing the impact of these factors and ensuring a safer driving experience for everyone on the road after the sun goes down.
- Keep your lights – headlights, tail lights, signal lights – and your windows clean to allow for the best visibility possible. You should also be sure your headlights are aimed correctly. If they are not in the proper alignment, your ability to see directly in front of you is decreased, and the lights are potentially obsuring the vision of drivers on the opposite side of the road. We can help you with cleaning and alignment here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.
- Reduce your speed while driving at night. We often feel the need to speed when we are heading home to our families and warm beds after a long day, especially when it seems like the roads are clear because everyone else is already home. Be careful not to become so focused on the destination that you fail to slow down and travel safely. If you are too tired to drive, don’t. Make other arrangements or take a nap before continuing your journey.
- Do not drink and drive. Obviously, this is an obvious recommendation; but since alcohol is still a leading factor in fatal motor vehicle accidents, the point bears repeating. In addition, refrain from smoking and driving and night. The nicotine and carbon monoxide released when you smoke negatively affect your night vision.
As dusk changes to night earlier these days and more of us find ourselves driving at night, let’s all keep these tips in mind and work together to keep our roads safe at night.by