Driving in the Dark – What You Need to Know

Daylight Savings Time ends on November 3rd which means we’ll be “falling back” and turning our clocks back an hour.  The sun will begin to set as early as 4:50PM that week with it progressively getting darker through December 21st – the longest day of the year.  Considering most of us don’t begin our commute home until after 5PM, driving in the dark is inevitable.  You may think that night driving should be as routine as day driving, but frankly that’s not the case.   According to Popular Mechanics, accident fatalities occur at a rate three times greater at night than during the day.

There are many more factors to consider when driving at night including having a poorer field of vision, low depth perception, your vulnerability to feeling tired, poor peripheral vision and lowered ability to distinguish color.

Here are some tips to make driving in the dark safer:

  • Take your time.  Don’t use the fact that there are less people on the road as license to drive faster.  Be extra cautious.
  • Get your eyes checked!  This is a no brainer.
  • Make sure your headlights are working efficiently.  Polish your headlights, replace the bulbs or get them professionally cleaned to remove dirt that may be dulling their glow.
  • Don’t buy into gimmicks.  Popular Mechanics mentioned those yellow-lensed glasses that are supposed to help you see better at night.  They don’t work.
  • Don’t stare at oncoming car headlights on the road.  They will blur your vision.
  • Clean your windshield!  Make sure it’s not dulled or obscured even in the slightest way by grease, dirt etc. to avoid glare.
  • Spring on fog lights.  They’re an investment that will help you see the road better, fog or no fog.
  • Make sure your Exterior Mirrors are clean.  The dirt creates a glare.

Being a safe driver will lower your chances of being in an accident.  However, not all accidents are in your control.  If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, call the talented lawyers of Levine & Wiss, today.  We’ll make sure you get justice for your losses.  To set up a free consultation, contact us through our website or call 1.888.GOT.HURT!

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