Did you know that the second most dangerous time to drive is at night between 19.00 and 22.00? Although people on average only drive a quarter of their car at night, about 50% of all traffic deaths occur during this time. If your job involves driving at night or on long distances – such as a ride or a delivery driver – it is important that you continue to read these 5 tips to be safe when driving at night. Be Attentive, Aware and (Extra) Defensive
Before you start driving, make sure you are well rested and awake. Driving at night requires an increased awareness of the road as there is limited visibility. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and be able to make quick decisions.
In addition, the risk of encountering drunk drivers increases significantly during the night. There are almost four times more fatal crashes due to alcohol at night than there are during the day. So while you always want to be a defensive driver, be especially careful with your drivers after sunset.
2. Take breaks when needed
Be aware of body boundaries. It is recommended that you stop every two hours to rest, even if it involves a quick stretch or walk around. If you start to get drowsy, it is best to take over and take a nap rather than risk driving while you are drowsy. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that you sleep seven or more hours a night and do not drive if you have been awake for 1
3. Maintaining your vehicle
It is important that you check your vehicle before getting behind the wheel to make sure everything is working properly. The important things to check are your headlights and taillights as they are the most important tools when driving at night. Check your headlights, taillights, windshields, windows and side mirrors to make sure they are free of debris and in good condition to drive. See this vehicle maintenance checklist for more information.
4. Keep your car mirrors and windows clean
When driving at night you want to make sure that all aspects of your car are clean and that your vehicle has been properly maintained. Cleaner windows and mirrors lead to better awareness of the situation. The last thing you want is to not be able to see or distinguish incoming lights because your mirrors are tilted or the windows are blocked.
5. Restricting Distractions
Talking on the phone, listening to the radio, drinking and eating can all distract you from driving safely. Let your family and friends know your schedule and plan to check your phone during a stop. In many states, hands-free Bluetooth technology is required when driving a vehicle. Be sure to know your state laws and the states you may be traveling through. Keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times and consider holding your phone in the glove compartment until you reach your destination.
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Whether your fleet is for delivery, service or something else Otherwise, we adapt your company's auto coverage for how your business runs smoothly. Follow these tips while driving at night to arrive safely at your destination. To learn more about how community insurance can help your business reduce risk, contact a community agent in your area.