As the year winds down, many drivers may be looking at ways to stay safe on the road. There are many natural dangers that will require not only a strong car insurance policy, but also a higher level of vigilance.
On Nov. 3, the clocks were turned back due to the completion of Daylight Savings Time. This means that it's especially important for those who are on the road - whether they are driving or walking - to be more careful. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explained that motorists need to drive more slowly when it gets dark out. This will give drivers the ability to see more of what is around them, especially pedestrians who may be crossing.
It is also important to know that a pedestrian may be distracted from what's happening on the road, the report noted. They may have headphones on, or some type of ear covering that prevents them from sufficiently hearing cars driving by.
Vehicles also have a tendency to get dirty at this time of year, and it could prevent drivers from seeing the road clearly. The report recommended that motorists have their windows, mirrors and windshields cleaned regularly. It is also a good idea to make sure specific mechanical parts in a vehicle work sufficiently. This includes considering a new wiper purchase, adding more windshield washer fluid and checking the health of defrosters.
Any drivers who are worried about their sleep schedules affecting their driving should do what they can to ensure they are well-rested before hitting the road, the report added. Not having enough sleep can make a driver more likely to get into a collision, especially when a driver is not feeling alert, or has been losing focus on the road.
Some drivers not as worried about dangerous vehicle operation
While there are issues to be concerned about on the road no matter what time of year, some drivers may feel these are less of a major issue, which may encourage some people to get a better auto insurance policy to protect themselves from these dangers.
Only 46 percent of motorists noted that driving while tired was a major issue last year, according to a report from AAA. This was much lower than the 71 percent who said this in 2009.
Even the level of those who felt driving under the influence was a bad idea dropped, which could be cause for concern. The report added that close to 90 percent felt it was dangerous in 2009, while only 69 percent said the same in 2012.