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Most car accidents happen in the wee hours of the night. The National Safety Council, a fatal car accident, usually occurs when driving at night.
Since driving in the dark is something that you can’t avoid, the best thing to do is know what causes night driving accidents.
Here are the most common causes of driving crashes during the night and tips on avoiding these accidents:
Night Driving and Poor Visibility
When it comes to night vision, humans do not naturally possess night vision. Humans are dependent on light from other sources, such as the moon, stars, light posts, streetlights, and car lights, to be able to see during the night.
When driving at night, it is best to make sure that your headlights are correctly aimed to avoid poor visibility. Dim your dash lights. Make sure to look away from incoming lights not to ruin your night vision. Eliminate streaks and glare by keeping your windshield clean. It is also advisable to slow down as it will allow you to have more time to see and react to hazards.
Night Driving and Fatigue
Did you know that according to a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 37 percent of adults have fallen asleep while driving? Falling asleep while driving is dangerous. Statistics also say that drowsy drivers due to fatigue or other factors can accidentally encounter an accident three times more than a driver who isn’t sleep deprived.
It is best to have at least 7 hours of sleep at night to avoid falling asleep while driving. Do not go against your body clock – don’t drive at times when your body usually is sleeping. If you’re already on the road and start to feel sleepy, pull over and nap. Taking naps also applies when going on long trips. It is advisable to stop every two hours to rest. Lastly, if you’re awake for more than 24 hours, don’t drive.
Night Driving and Impaired Driving
What causes a driver’s impaired judgment and driving abilities? Alcohol, illegal drugs, and medications cause a driver’s impaired driving skills. Impaired driving usually happens at night, from midnight to 3 am.
If you want to avoid meeting accidents due to impaired judgment, don’t drink and drive. Don’t drive when you are under the influence of drugs. If you are also taking medications, ask your doctor about the side effects of the medicine you’re taking. You might feel tired or dizzy after drinking your medications.
If you’re a driver who usually drives during the night, take these tips and save people’s lives, including yours, because you’ll never know when an accident might happen. It is best to start developing habits of being better drivers.