It’s not just a myth; driving at night is proven to be more dangerous than driving during the day. Fatal accidents are three times more likely to occur in darkness rather than daylight. Why? The answer is straightforward -- you see less on the road, so your reaction time is diminished. The next time you are planning a nighttime ride, we encourage you to check out these tips. Here is how to stay safe while driving at night:
- Drive a bit more defensively than you usually would. Nighttime can be full of terrors, as the saying goes. Fatal accidents involving alcohol are four times more likely to occur at night, compared to during the day.
- If you’re tired, pull over, have a cup of coffee, and get some rest. If you are feeling drowsy, don’t risk it, and pull over.
- Try to avoid two-lane highways. Often, two-lane highways are a recipe for nighttime glare due to the bright headlights on oncoming vehicles. Also, typically, two-lane roads are more narrow and have sharper turns versus other routes.
- Don’t be afraid to shine bright and turn those high beams on! High beams are often underutilized but can be especially helpful in more rural areas and open roads. However, make sure to dim them within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle.
- Keep your eyes open for wildlife. Collisions with deer, for example, are more likely to occur during dusk or at night.
- Don’t stare at oncoming headlights. Instead, shift your eyes down and to the right, toward the right edge of the road or lane markings. Once you’ve passed the incoming vehicle, turn your gaze upwards again.
- Have an experienced and educated technician inspect your headlights and taillights. Our team at Carlsbad Auto Service can perform a thorough inspection to ensure your lights are shining to their fullest extent. This way, you won’t have to worry that your lights are dim or fading when you need them the most -- during the nighttime.
Schedule an appointment today for a headlights and taillights inspection. We look forward to seeing you at our shop, located at 3181 Tyler Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008.