A disproportionate number of fatal car accidents happen at night. Compromised night vision exacerbated by an absence of light makes driving at night far more dangerous than driving during the day. Other factors contribute to the danger, as well, including rush hour and fatigued or impaired drivers. According to the National Safety Council, car accident fatalities are three times greater at night than during day light hours. In fact, over 40 percent of all deadly car accidents happen at night, despite there being 60 percent less traffic on the road.
Other times when driving is especially dangerous include just after sunset or just before sunrise when the sky is partially lit, but the road surface is becoming darkened. This situation creates a disparity between light and dark that can cause vision problems for motorists.
Depth perception, peripheral vision, and color perception are all greatly affected when it’s dark outside. Additionally, the glare from on-coming headlights can temporarily blind drivers.
Nighttime visibility is limited to 500 feet with high-beam headlights- 250 feet with normal beams- leaving drivers much less time to react to unexpected occurrences on the road. Drivers can take certain measures to help combat this problem, including:
- Cleaning and properly aiming headlights
- Dimming dashboard lights
- Glancing away from on-coming headlights
- Wearing anti-reflective lenses- if you need glasses
- Keeping the windshield clean
- Reducing your speed
In addition to these tips, it is important for drivers to stay awake and alert while driving at night. A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation discovered that 60 percent of adults have operated a motor vehicle while they were tired, and an additional 37 percent- 103 million people- have actually fallen while driving.
Worse still, 13 percent of those drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once a month, and 4 percent say they have caused an accident because they fell asleep while driving. It is important to note that it doesn’t take a long road trip to make a driver sleepy- sleep disorders, shift work, insufficient sleep, and long work hours affect many American motorists.
Between midnight to 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. are just two times that you can expect to encounter sleepy drivers while it’s dark outside.
A driver’s ability to react strongly depends on their ability to see, and without the benefits of the greatest driving asset, the sun, motorists can expect their driving prowess, and that of other drivers, to drop off significantly.
While only one-quarter of our driving is done in the dark, nearly 50 percent of all traffic-related fatalities occur at night. By exercising some extra precautions, we can all help reduce these tragic statistics.
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