A little extra caution can go a long way when driving at night
Summer has ended, and while fall and winter have their fun – including ice skating – longer nights mean increased danger on the roads.
You might think you drive just as well at night, but consider this: Although night driving accounts for only 23% of vehicle miles traveled, more than 50% of fatalities for occupants 16 and older occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to National Safety Commission (NSC).
As we are big advocates for safety at Point Insurance, we thought it would be good to look at why night driving is more dangerous and what you can do to reduce that danger.
What is dangerous about night driving?
- Impaired vision. We won̵7;t go into all the biological details, but different parts of the eye (like the iris, pupil, and retina) work differently at night. Your peripheral vision is slightly improved, but focusing on objects in front of you is more challenging. And traveling between well-lit areas and darker roads also creates problems.
- Drive too fast for your headlights. Depending on the vehicle’s speed and headlight setting, many people “overdrive” their headlights. This means that when they see something on the road; it is too late to stop in time to avoid it.
- Impaired judgment. Whether due to drowsiness or the use of alcohol or drugs, it appears that drivers at night often do not use good judgment. According to the NSC, 66% of nighttime fatalities involve occupants of vehicles who were not wearing seat belts.
So what do you do?
Sometimes it is not possible to drive at night. So here are some tips to help you have a safe trip – whether you’re just running to the store or visiting family.
- Make sure your vehicle’s lights are in good working order. And not just headlights, but indicators, taillights, etc.
- Avoid speeding. Leave a bigger cushion between you and other cars than you would in daylight. Give yourself more time for the trip.
- Be more aware of your surroundings. It would help if you weren’t using your phone, fiddling with the radio, or trying to find something on the floor while you’re on the road anyway—and distractions are even more deadly at night.
Of course, if you’re not comfortable driving at night, it’s best to avoid it altogether if possible. There’s nothing wrong with asking for a ride from a reliable, safe driver or waiting for the sun to come out!
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As you drive around during the day, stop by Point Insurance for a review of your coverage. We won’t keep you after dark, we promise. We are here to help you!
At Point Insurance, we can work with you to make sure you have the coverage you need while using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 833.280.6080 or send us a message at 617.448.1147. We want to help you achieve your goals and ensure that what is important to you is protected!