According to the National Safety Council, driving at night presents certain challenges. Lack of light affects our ability to see, specifically peripheral vision, depth perception and color recognition. As we age, our nighttime vision usually gets worse. After age 60, driving at night may become too dangerous. Conditions like degenerative diseases and cataracts can also affect our ability to see well enough in the dark to drive.
The NSC has several suggestions for driving safely at night. Experienced drivers should already know these, but as a refresher:
- To maximize your headlights’ efficiency, keep them clean and make sure they are aimed correctly.
- Adjust your dashboard’s lights so they are relatively dim.
- Look away from the lights on oncoming vehicles to avoid being blinded by the glare.
- If you wear glasses, get lenses with anti-reflective coating.
- Clean the windshield regularly to get rid of streaks.
- Slow down to compensate for limited visibility and reduced stopping time.
- During rush hour, stay in your lane as much as possible, and be alert for other vehicles in case they suddenly dart in front of you.
Though almost everybody gets home safe at night, sometimes there is a serious crash. If the wreck was caused by somebody acting negligently, that person should be held accountable for the others’ injuries.