You’re finishing a late night at the office when you get into your car and realize that you’re having trouble keeping your eyes open for long periods of time. Is it risky to drive when you feel like this?
In short, the answer is yes. There are several risks in driving at night that can drastically increase your risk of getting into a serious auto accident. In fact, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that the fatality rate of car crashes is three times higher at night compared to during the daytime.
Staying informed about nighttime driving risks can help you stay safe. Here are a few inherent dangers of driving during the night and precautions that you can take in order to avoid an accident.
The most obvious of nighttime driving risks is limited visibility. Without as much light, drivers simply cannot see as far as they can during the daytime. It’s also harder to distinguish between contrast and gauge objects and distances, especially when your eyes are exposed to bright glares. This hindrance is even worse for drivers who suffer from vision problems already.
Below are a few tips you can use to combat hindered visibility while driving at night:
- Ensure all your external lights, including headlights, are working properly.
- Reduce your speed and increase your following distance.
- Avoid distractions so you can focus on the road.
- Keep your windshield clean to avoid blinding glares.
- Make sure you wear your prescription glasses, as needed.
Fatigue and Drowsiness
Drowsy driving is a serious problem across the country. A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that 60% of drivers have gotten behind the wheel while fatigued or drowsy, and 37% have fallen asleep at the wheel. Additionally, it has been found that drowsy driving results in mental impairments that are similar to being intoxicated.
Here are some steps you can take to avoid the dangers of drowsy driving:
- Plan ahead and limit the total number of driving hours.
- Avoid driving during the drowsiest times, between midnight and 6 a.m.
- Get a good night of sleep.
- Avoid alcohol and other sedatives.
- Bring a companion with you.
- Pull over to the side of the road if you recognize you are drifting off.
Klein Frank Has Your Back
Even the safest drivers can become injured in car accidents when other drivers are negligent, careless, or downright reckless. Backed by more than 60 years of experience, the attorneys at Klein Frank, P.C. are dedicated to protecting the rights of injury victims across Colorado. Should you or a loved one be injured in an accident, we will fight to help you through your worst.
Contact our firm at (303) 448-8884 to schedule a free, personalized case review with our team. We will craft a unique legal strategy on your behalf, so you have the best odds of receiving maximum compensation for your losses.