There are so many dimensions to driving. Whether it’s harsh weather conditions, car trouble or a car accident, there’s always something that can impact our driving experience. One dimension that can do more damage than one may expect that of night driving.
Unfortunately, night vision, impaired driving and daylight savings can all contribute to an altered driving experience. For those who cannot avoid driving after dark, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions and tips to help you drive safely after dark:
Night Vision Can Lead to Car Accidents
The definition of night vision is being able to see in low light conditions. Unfortunately, like everything, with age, our eyesight also begins to fail us. For example, a 30 year old driver’s eyesight tends to be sharper than a 50 year old driver’s eyesight. Because it is even harder to see things at night, the difference in age also contributes to vision trouble. Drivers who are 60+ are at a greater risk for cataracts and degenerative eye diseases.
Car Accidents Caused by Impaired Drivers (DUI Drugs)
Prescription drugs and alcohol are both factors that can impair your driving. Impaired drivers tend to drive between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on the weekends. While it is important to note that drunk driving has declined, the number of drivers under the influence of prescription drugs has increased by 22%. As more and more drivers are abusing prescription drugs, the chances of a fatal car accident increase – especially during the late night hours.
How Daylight Savings Affects Driving
Although many of us are excited about that “one extra hour of sleep”, what many don’t realize is the difference that 1 hour can have on our driving ability. When daylight hours decrease, many drivers aren’t aware that depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can all be compromised in the dark. As we approach the end of daylight savings, we offer the following tips to keep you safer while driving at night:
- Clean your headlights
- Dim the interior lights of your car’s dashboard
- Look away from oncoming lights – focus on the fog line as oncoming vehicles approach
- If you wear eyeglasses, make sure that your lenses are anti-reflective
- Clean your windshield to eliminate streaks which can cause glare from oncoming headlights
- Slow down to compensate for limited visibility and reduced stopping time
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