Driving at Night: Here Are Some Safety Tips

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Driving at night can be very scary. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal accidents are three times more likely to happen after the sun goes down. 

Though most of us probably prefer to be off the road by the time it gets dark, there are times when it’s unavoidable.

While there’s no need to panic every time you get behind the wheel at night, there are a few things you can do to ensure your safety and the safety of others. 

Do You Need Glasses?

Believe it or not, some people only need glasses when they drive at night. If you’re struggling to see the road or the other cars, you may also need night glasses. 

Make an appointment with an eye doctor and get yourself a pair of glasses, because it could make a world of a difference. 

Use Those Highbeams

High beams are available to use for a reason, but many people forget to turn them on when necessary. 

If you live in a rural area or spend a lot of time driving on open roads, turn on your high beams. This will help you to see further in front of you and will give you more time to slow down or stop, should there be something in the road.

Just remember, if you’re within roughly 500 feet of another car, make sure to turn them off. 

Avoid Two-Lane Highways

If at all possible, do your best to avoid two-lane highways at night. This is when accidents can happen, as drivers can be unaware of their surroundings. 

If you happen to find yourself on a two-lane highway, however, make sure to not drive too fast and to be very aware of your surroundings. 

Keep your hands firmly on the wheel, just in case you need to swerve out of the way. 

Don’t Drive Sleepy! 

If you are tired — or notice you are starting to get tired — STOP DRIVING! Falling asleep at the wheel can not only cause a serious accident, but it can also take your life.

It might be inconvenient to have to stop at a hotel or wait until the morning to continue your drive, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

Don’t Look Into the Light 

While on the road, do your best not to look into the lights of the oncoming cars. This will prevent you from being temporarily blinded by the headlights, which could cause an accident.