Whether You’re Driving on Highway 27 or the backroads of Lake Wales, Follow these Tips for Safe Driving at Night
Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal car accidents are three times more likely to occur at night than during the day, and fatal car accidents involving alcohol impairment are four times more likely at night as opposed to during the day? Additionally, people who drive between the hours of midnight to 6:00 a.m. are more likely to have fatigue-driven car accidents.
The NHTSA also states that the nighttime glare of oncoming cars’ headlights combined with the sharp curves and hills that often occur on two-lane highways, are common restraints and causes of accidents when driving on two-lane roads at night.
One of the most common reasons for car accidents is speeding. Although 21 percent of daylight driving fatalities are speeding related, at night, the amount of speeding-related driving fatalities reaches a whopping 37 percent. This percentage increase is partly due to lower visibility and shorter reaction time. People having lower visibility and shorter reaction time when driving at night is also part of the reason why car collisions with deer happen more at night.
Ultimately, because driving at night is more dangerous than driving during the day, everyone should take precautions to avoid nightly car accidents. To help take the proper precautions, our team at Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram would like to share several tips from Geico on how to stay safe when driving at night.
Tips for Safe Driving at Night
Tip #1: Be Alert – Sing, talk to yourself, roll down the window, listen to the radio, drink caffeine, or pull over to get some rest to avoid fatigue related car accidents
Tip #2: Do Not Drink Alcohol Before Driving
Tip #3: Regularly Clean Your Headlights and Windshields
Tip #4: Avoid Two-Lane Highways When You Can
Tip #5: Do Not Speed
Tip #6: Adjust Headlights – Make sure your headlights are not so high that they blind others, or so low that you lose illumination. Our service team can check your headlights to make sure they are the proper height.
Tip #7: Use High Beams in Open Roads or Rural Areas – Just make sure that you have them dimmed when within 500 ft. of another car or when following someone.
Tip #8: Dim Down Dashboard Lights – Do this so that you do not become disoriented when looking back and forth between dashboard and road.
Tip #9: Avoid Looking Directly at Oncoming Headlights
Tip #10: Watch out for Animals
Tip #11: Make Sure Your Eyesight is Healthy
Tip #12: Test Your Car Lights
For questions or if you need your car headlights, tires, or engine serviced, give our Service Department a call at 888-596-3043 or schedule a service appointment online at your convenience.