It’s a part of life. Sometimes we need to drive at night, but chances of an accident are greater than during the day. And traffic deaths are three times greater at night than during the day, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
Driving at night is more dangerous than people think. The biggest culprit is darkness. Drivers’ reactions depend 90 percent on vision, and vision is not as keen at night, according to the NSC. Another top contender for dangerous night driving is fatigue. Driving when drowsy causes slower reaction times and declining concentration.
To stay alert at night and lower your chances of accidents, you can prepare to drive by planning for the trip.
Practice cautious driving and safety at night whether on a trip or driving in your neighborhood. Practice extra caution with young, inexperienced drivers and older drivers who have a harder time seeing in the dark with age.