Just as it is important to drive safely during winter weather conditions, it is just as important to stay alert when driving at night. Did you know that vehicle death rates are three times higher at night than during the day, according to the National Safety Council? After the sun goes down, vision is not as sharp and you’ll be dealing with roaming wildlife and drunk drivers. Here are a few safety tips for driving after dark:
- Always have your headlights turned on. It’s recommended to keep them on for an hour after the sun rises and turn them on an hour before the sun sets to increase your visibility.
- Ensure your headlights are aligned properly so that you don’t blind oncoming traffic or lose road coverage.
- Perform a regular maintenance safety check of your headlights, signal lights and brake lights to ensure they are properly working.
- Avoid drinking and driving, as this impairs your driving ability and induces fatigue.
- Avoid smoking as well, as the carbon monoxide and nicotine reduce your ability to see into the night.
- Stay alert at all times. You never know when a deer may try to cross the road or when you’ll encounter a drunk driver. Your alertness may just be able to keep you out of a car collision.
- Don’t drive if you’re tired. You will only become more fatigued driving at night. Stop for some shut eye at a rest stop, if necessary, and make sure to stop frequently and get out of the car to wake up.
For more driving at night tips and all of your insurance needs, contact Gant Insurance Agency in McKinney, Texas.