The days are getting shorter and that means more time spent in the dark. Unfortunately, less daylight also means more time spent driving in the dark. Driving in the dark is dangerous. About half of traffic deaths occur either in the dark or at dawn or dusk. If you find yourself spending more time driving with your headlights on, fear not. Below we provide our top 10 night driving tips.
We hope the below night driving tips help you stay safe on the road. We also understand that even the most cautious driver can be injured in a night driving accident. If a driver injures you in a night driving accident, contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
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1. Stay Awake
If you are driving at night, then you may be drowsy. Drowsy drivers are dangerous drivers. Drowsy driving occurs when a driver operates a motor vehicle while fatigued or sleepy. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has found that determining a precise number of drowsy-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities is not yet possible. However, the NHTSA is able to utilize police and hospital reports to determine the prevalence of drowsy-driving crashes. In 2019, the NHTSA reported that there were 697 fatalities in motor vehicle crashes that involved drowsy drivers.
You can combat drowsy driving by taking care of your health. Ensure that you get enough sleep each night. You can also avoid getting behind the wheel when you are tired. If you are driving and feel tired, safely pull over and take a break.
2. Look Out for Animals
Drivers are most likely to encounter animals on the road between dusk and dawn. If you are driving at night, you should watch for the following signs that you may encounter wildlife on the road:
- Wildlife near the road
- Roadside movement
- Shining eyes
- Flickering headlights of oncoming cars or taillights
- Roadside reflectors that disappear/reappear
- Water near the road indicating that animals may be nearby as well
3. Check Your Vision
Night vision is the ability to see well in low-light conditions. Many eye conditions make it difficult to see at night. You should regularly check your vision and eye health.
If you have glasses or contacts for driving at night, then wear them. If you wear glasses, make sure they’re anti-reflective.
4. Maintain Your Lights
Lights are crucial to nighttime driving safety. Maintain your vehicle’s headlights and taillights. You should also be selective about your headlight system. A recent research paper by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that good IIHS headlight ratings were linked to lower crash rates.
5. Keep It Clean
Being able to see at night is crucial. Your vision can be impacted by your vehicle windows. Additionally, dirty windows can cause glare, also impacting your vision.
6. Use Your Lights
If you are driving at night, then you need your headlights to see. Always turn on your headlights.
You should also use your high beams where appropriate. Using your high beams helps you see more than when you use your low beams. Remember the following tips:
- Use high beams in open country at night.
- Change to low beams when you are at least 500 feet before any oncoming vehicles and 300 feet before any vehicle you are following.
7. Watch Your Speed
In 2019, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all traffic fatalities. Speed can even affect your safety when you are driving the speed limit, but too fast for road conditions. Driving the speed limit may be dangerous in an area at night that isn’t well lit.
8. Watch for Pedestrians
It is hard to see pedestrians at night. You should be extra alert for pedestrians when you are driving at night. In Nevada, 76 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur after dark. Use extra caution when driving in areas where there may be pedestrians. While you should expect pedestrians in crosswalks, you should also look for pedestrians mid-block. In Nevada, the majority of pedestrian fatalities occur between intersections.
9. Stay Sober
In Nevada, impaired driving is the number one cause of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Never drive under the influence of drugs, alcohol, and/or medication. If you are impaired, get a ride from a sober friend, a rideshare, and/or a taxi.
You should also be alert for impaired drivers on the road. Impaired drivers are most frequently on the road after dark – particularly between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on weekends. If you suspect that another driver is impaired, try to avoid them and contact law enforcement immediately.
10. Look Out for Wrong Way Drivers
A wrong way driving crash occurs when a vehicle traveling in a direction opposing the legal flow of traffic on a high-speed divided highway or access ramp collides with a vehicle traveling on the same roadway in the proper direction. The largest number of wrong way crashes occur at night. Look out for wrong way drivers in the left lane.
If you encounter a wrong way driver you should do the following:
- Remain calm.
- Slow down and safely steer away from the wrong way driver.
- Once safely off the road and out of the wrong way driver’s path, call 911 to report the driver.
- If possible, try to alert the wrong way driver so they can stop and safely reroute. You can flash your vehicle lights or honk your car horn.
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