Tips for Driving After Dark

With the end of Daylight Savings time on November 2nd, the commute home from work or school will likely be in the dark.  Driving after dark is more dangerous than driving during the daytime.  In fact, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), you are twice as likely to have an accident while driving at night!

The challenges related to night driving stem from:

·         Reduced depth perception and peripheral vision due to darkness

·         The glare from headlights of oncoming traffic

·         Driver fatigue impacting a driver’s reaction time and awareness

However, there are several steps one can take to make night driving safer:

·         Make sure headlights and brake lights are working properly

·         Reduce speed and increase following distance

·         Dim interior lights -- lights in your car could cause nighttime glare on the windshield 

·         Avoid glare -- Try not to look at oncoming headlights. Instead focus on the right side of the road near the white lines.

·         Careful with your high beams – Improper use of high beams can blind other drivers