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More Dangerous than Driving in Daylight

Driving at night is more dangerous than driving in daylight because you cannot see as far ahead at night. Fatigue is also more common at night.

Make sure you know and understand the risk factors involved in night driving. Driving at night is more of a challenge than many people think.

Poor Visibility at Night

There is obviously lower visibility at night. With lower visibility you lose many of your reference points and it becomes difficult to judge distances. Watch carefully for traffic signs, pedestrians, bicycles, animals, and slow-moving vehicles. All of them are more difficult to see at night.

Your peripheral vision is also reduced at night, and the lack of light makes it more difficult to focus on objects. Your eyes take longer to adjust.

Your eyes also get tired sooner. Eye fatigue is more common when driving at night.



Glare from Oncoming Vehicles

Glare from oncoming vehicles and street lights also create problems for many drivers.

The older we get, the harder it is to see at night. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as the average 30-year-old.

Late hours and the lack of sunlight may result in fatigue, which dulls your concentration and increases the time it takes for you to react. Drowsy driving puts everyone on the road at risk.

Usually, there are also more drunk drivers on the road at night, especially on weekend nights. As we all know, alcohol and driving increases the risk of accidents. NSC analysis of NHTSA data shows that fatal crashes peak on Saturday nights

Night driving safety tips:

  • Before you drive: make sure your headlights and brake lights are in proper working order. Keep windows clean.
  • Turn on your headlights early and before it gets dark. Never use parking lights instead of headlights.
  • Allow yourself more safety margins at night. Expect the unexpected.
  • Slow down. Always make sure you can stop within the distance you can see ahead. Never overdrive your headlights.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • When approaching another vehicle from the rear, keep your headlights on low beams.
  • When approaching an oncoming vehicle, keep your headlights on low beams.
  • Avoid glare from oncoming vehicles by watching the right edge of your lane or the road. Use the edge as a steering guide.
  • If you feel tired, stop and take a break.

Quick Knowledge Questions about Night Driving

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Question 1: Night driving is more dangerous than driving in daytime because:

Driving at night is more dangerous than driving in daylight because you cannot see as far ahead at night.

Question 2: When you drive at night, you should:

Night driving is more dangerous than daytime driving. Vehicles, pedestrians, and obstacles can be harder to see. Always be extra careful at night and use more safety margins. Drive slower at night. Keep a speed that will let you react and stop safely within the distance you can see ahead. Keep more space between your vehicle and other vehicles. Keep inside lights off.

Question 3: When driving at night, you should make sure you can stop:

Always make sure you can stop within the distance you can see ahead. Never overdrive your headlights.

Question 4: To avoid glare from headlights of an oncoming car at night, you should:

To reduce the effects of glare from oncoming headlights, do not look straight at headlights. Watch the lower right side of your lane or the road edge.

Question 5: When approaching another vehicle from the rear, you should:

You must dim your high beam headlights and use low beams when you approach an oncoming vehicle or when you come close to a vehicle traveling ahead of you.

Question 6: When approaching an oncoming vehicle, you should:

You must dim your high beam headlights and use low beams when you approach an oncoming vehicle or when you come close to a vehicle traveling ahead of you.

Question 7: Driving at night with parking lights instead of headlights:

Never use parking lights instead of your head lamps. It is dangerous and illegal.

Question 8: If you feel tired when driving at night, it is best to:

If you feel tired when driving at night, it is best to stp and take a break.

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