Night Driving can be Challenging
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that 49 percent of car collisions occur during the night as a result of an increase in hazards and reduced visibility. Teens and elder drivers are the most vulnerable with collisions attributed to a lack of driving experience for teens and reduced visibility being a major contributor to elder collisions.
Causes of Night Driving Collisions
There are numerous causes for nighttime collisions among all drivers. These causes include:
1. Distracted driving. The distractions vary and can include adjusting the systems in a vehicle including the temperature, radio or GPS. Eating, drinking are also contributors to distractions that result in night driving collisions. Using a cellphone is one of the most common driver distractions which contribute to vehicle collisions.
2. Driving under the influence. This is one of the most common causes of night driving collisions. Alcohol and drugs will slow down a driver’s reaction time, reducing the ability to avoid collisions. Driving under the influence has also resulted in driver’s driving in the wrong direction, which is extremely dangerous since oncoming traffic will not be prepared for vehicles coming in their lane from the opposite side.
3. Driving without lights. The headlights of a vehicle serve a purpose, to let drivers see and to be seen. Headlights can help drivers to see what is on the road and what is coming up on the road, including hazards such as wildlife and other vehicles and pedestrians.
4. Drowsy driving. Many drivers suffer from a lack of sleep as a result of shift work and busy schedules. Driving while drowsy can result in a driver’s inability to react to situations encountered on the road. Drivers are encouraged to stop in a safe spot and rest before continuing their journey if they are feeling tired.
Safety Tips for Night Driving
– Never drive distracted.
– Do not drink and drive.
– Avoid driving when drowsy.
– Keep your vehicle lights clean and in good working order.
If you need to drive at night
– Make sure your headlights are on
– All mirrors, windows, and lights should be clean
– Avoid any distractions while driving
– Reduce your speed and increase your following distance
– If you feel uncomfortable driving, pull over in a safe spot
Driving at night can be challenging. Young Drivers of Canada encourages drivers to take the necessary precautions when it comes to driving at night. Night driving conditions can be challenging but with the tips provided, drivers can ensure that they remain safe on the road.