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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Driving safeNight Driving Tips Worth Knowing
The National Safety Council says that night-time traffic mortality rates are three times as high as those for daytime. Still, many remain in the dark about the specific hazards tied to night driving. Some just plainly don't have a clear idea how best to deal with such threats.

Driving Safe at Night
Why is it so dangerous to drive at night? The darkness is one obvious reason. Around 90 percent of drivers' reactions are hinged on vision, which is severely impaired at night. Once the sun sets, color recognition, peripheral vision and depth perception become compromised. It is harder for older drivers to see anything at night. Fifty-year-olds need two times more light than 30-year-olds.
Fatigue is yet another factor contributing to the dangers of night-time road cruising. Drowsiness dulls concentration and slows a person's response times. All these make for a difficult drive. There's also alcohol that is responsible for nearly half of all fatal vehicular crashes. This explains why it's riskier to drive on weekend nights. A great number of automobile mishap-related deaths happen on weekend nights.
The good news is there are effective ways to reduce after-dark hazards. It starts with proper preparation of the car and heeding certain guidelines when driving.

Be prepared, check your fluids and make sure all your lights are working correctly. It is important to also keep a flag or emergency light in your car to worn drivers of a distressed car. Extra gas in a gas canister is a must.

When driving follow the steps mentioned below from the NSC.
1. Headlights aimed properly – Faced the wrong way, headlights blind other motorists (drivers) and limit ability to view the roads.
2. No smoking while driving – The carbon monoxide and nicotine in cigarettes impair vision at night.
3. Lower speeds while increasing the following distance – This helps plenty in judging how far and fast other vehicles are going at night.
4. Low-beam the headlights – When there's another car in front, avoid blinding the driver by maintaining headlights at low beams.
5. Have periodic breaks while driving – If exhausted from the drive, stop, pick up some snacks, rest and maybe exercise a bit to re-energize.
6. Ready the vehicle for evening drives – Keep tail lights, headlights, windows and signal lights clean all around.
7. Drive only when sober – Alcohol seriously hampers driving abilities and depresses the system. A single drink can trigger fatigue so don't mix driving with drinking.
8. When in doubt, turn headlights on – This is more to help other drivers see you coming than improving your own vision during the twilight hours. Visibility is very important.
9. Never over-drive headlights – You ought to be able to halt within the illuminated region. Otherwise, you're likely to create an area in front of the car for blind crashes.
10. Avert gaze from oncoming bright beams – If approaching vehicles don't lower their beams, avoid the glare and stay on the correct side of the road by focusing on the road's right edge.
11.  Car trouble? Pull over – If your vehicle acts up, pull as far off the street as possible. Set up reflective triangles near and 300ft behind the car immediately to warn incoming traffic. Activate dome lights and flashers, move passengers away and avoid the roadway.
Drive safe at night by practicing the above safety reminders. Dusk until dawn is the toughest time for driving. The eyes are busy adapting to the increasing darkness so exercising care when night driving is always smart. 1 Comments


Anonymous HD Night Vision said...

Increasing the following distance helps you react to a sudden action of the car in front of you. Thanks for the tips.

12:20 PM  

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