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Accidents can happen any time of day, but with reduced visibility at night the risks are higher. Drivers should be extra aware of their surroundings at night. Here are five nighttime driving safety tips for all drivers:
Ensure all lights are in perfect working order
You likely won’t know that you have burnt out lights until you get pulled over by the police or you get in an accident due to minimized visibility. Your headlights are not only important for you to see what is in front of you, but they are also important for oncoming traffic to see you. Accidents are just as likely to happen due to someone else not seeing you properly. Keep all your lights in perfect working order to avoid nighttime accidents.
Be watchful for animals crossing the road
Even on city streets, animals crossing the road are always a risk for car accidents. In the daylight, they are easier to see and possibly slow down for or honk to scare them away, but at night they often scurry out in front of cars at top speed. Depending on the size of the animal, some serious damage can be done to your car and possibly people’s’ lives. Keep a lookout for animal eyes as you drive around at night and be especially cautious if driving in the country.
Make safe lane changes
Lane changes are a very common part of driving and sometimes we get a little too confident with our driving and do not check our blind spots adequately enough. At night it is very easy for another vehicle or motorcycle to be hidden in your blind spot and cause you to make an unsafe lane change. Reduced visibility means that your duty of care as a driver is heightened and all movements on the road should be calculated and safe.
Do not drink and drive
This should go without saying but never drink and drive. There is never a good reason to drink and drive and there is always another way out. Call a cab or Uber, have a designated driver, or sleep it off. Be smart and do not put yours and other people’s lives at risk by making poor decisions.
Do not touch your phone under any circumstance
Operating your phone while driving in the daytime is dangerous, but operating it at night is even more dangerous. Since visibility at night is reduced, all attention should be focused on the road and possible dangers. All phone-related activity including phone calls, texts, and social media/web browsing should wait until you are safely parked.
Night driving presents a different set of challenges than daytime driving. Be smart and avoid accidents by abiding by all rules of the road. If you are injured in a car accident and the other driver is to blame, contact the personal injury lawyers at Zuber Brioux to determine your legal rights.