The riskiest time to get behind the wheel is at night. Not only is visibility low, but other motorists and pedestrians are prone to bad judgment when it’s dark. It’s important to drive with extra caution any time you operate a vehicle in a dimly-lit environment. Automotive Expert Phil Berg cautions that “Driving at night is dreadful and dangerous. Especially because road fatalities triple during the night… When you’re driving at 60 mph, it takes more than 200 feet to stop, so there's not much room for error. Be extra defensive when you’re driving at night.” Here are a few tips on how to stay safe when driving in the dark:
1. Don’t Drive Tired:
If you have to drive at night, there’s a good chance you’ll either be tired from working or partying. Either way, always be honest with yourself about whether or not you’re too tired to drive. Never get behind the wheel if there’s a chance you’ll nod off.
2. Check Your Lights:
The only thing you can control about road visibility at night is the lighting from your vehicle. Make sure every indicator and every bulb is functional. Both inside, and outside the vehicle. This is because other drivers depend on your light-signals to make safe maneuvers in traffic.
3. Don’t Speed:
Driving in the dark is a completely different ballgame from driving during the day. Especially when it comes to speed and braking. Regardless of whether or not you’re in a hurry, always slow down when you’re driving in the dark. Never exceed posted speed limits, and maintain even slower speeds if road conditions are unsafe.
4. Take Wildlife Warnings Seriously:
The vast majority of traffic collisions with wildlife happen during the night. This is because most wild animals are nocturnal. When driving in remote areas, always assume that a random animal could intercept your vehicle out of nowhere. Avoid driving at speeds which make it difficult to stop after sudden interruptions.
Nighttime driving might not seem like a big deal, but it is to anyone who underestimates it. Never allow yourself to become so complacent that you ignore safety rules. No matter what time of day it is, always be prepared to drive with an alert mind. Maintain good posture, scan your environment, and lengthen your stopping distance every time it gets dark. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!