Driving at night is the single biggest risk factor for teen drivers. This is due to visibility challenges, fatigue and driver inexperience. Here are some facts you should know and tips to help you stay safe behind the wheel at night – especially when the time changes this weekend.
The problem of nighttime driving:
- Dusk is the most dangerous time to drive since your eyes are having to constantly adjust to more darkness
- Your field of vision is usually smaller without the aid of light and glare of oncoming headlights further impair you ability to see well and avoid hazards
- It is more difficult to judge other vehicle’s speed and distance at night
What you can do:
- Wear your seat belt. The danger of driving at night should not be multiplied by being unsecured
- Keep distractions out of the car and your attention on the road
- Turn headlights on at dusk, reduce your speed and increase your following distance.
- You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area of your headlights. If you’re not, you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle
- Avoid oncoming headlight glare by watching the right edge of the road and using it as a steering guide
- Be especially careful of pedestrians and bicycle riders who may still be on the streets after dark
Next week, we’ll cover what you can do to avoid driving while drowsy. Luckily, this time change is easier than the one in Spring, but we still need a few days to get adjusted.
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