Some people may not even think about it, but driving in Georgia, or anywhere, at night is much different than driving during the day. In fact, the incidences of vehicle crashes increase significantly at night, which is why it is important to follow certain safety tips.
According to the National Safety Council, there are numerous factors that contribute to dangerous nighttime driving conditions. These factors include:
- Compromised vision
- Rush hour
- More drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol
Due to these, there is a three times greater risk of being in a fatal accident at night. Driving while tired is a big risk factor. Not only do around 60% of adults occasionally drive when fatigued, 37% have actually fallen asleep while driving.
A scary fact is that being only two hours short on sleep is equal to drinking three alcoholic beverages. Some safety tips are to avoid driving after being awake for 16 hours or more and to pull over and nap if necessary.
Very Well Health offers additional tips for driving at night. One is to take the time to allow the eyes to adjust to the light change before starting to drive. There are also things to do to prepare the car for nighttime operation. This includes:
- Eliminating streaks and dirt from the windows
- Turning off interior lights and dimming dashboard lights
- Cleaning signal, tail- and headlights
It is important to pay attention to speed limits and drive at reduced speeds in certain conditions or areas. To avoid getting temporarily blinded by headlights from approaching vehicles, look to the bottom right of the road.
People who seem to have a particularly hard time seeing in the dark should see an eye doctor. Perhaps the solution is as simple as getting glasses or updating a prescription.