More than half of all US car crashes occur between 11 P.M. and 5 A.M. Lowering these numbers starts by raising awareness about the risks of driving at night and then taking steps to reduce those risks whenever possible. That’s why we put together these three tips for driving at night.
Slow and Steady
When driving in the dark you should aim to slow down by 10-15 MPH, even if you’re very familiar with the road. The less light you have, the more likely you are to miss obstacles, like a late-night jogger or ice on the road.
Going slow gives you more time to react to dangers and hit the brakes, reducing the force of impact if you happen to get in a crash.
Brights and Lights
Be wary of using your brights. There’s a tendency to turn them on when no one’s around, only to forget they’re on when another car comes over the hill. Make sure you switch your brights off as soon as you see the glow of another vehicle coming over the horizon, not when you see the headlights themselves.
The faster you turn your brights off, the less likely another car is to be blinded by your lights.
Each year, 3,000 Mississippi car crashes are caused by collisions with deer or other wild animals. Many of these crashes can be avoided when drivers know what to look for. When driving at night, you should be scanning the sides of the road. If you spot two glowing green dots, you need to slow down until you pass the animal.
When you can recognize those green dots as an animal, you’re much more likely to prevent a crash and avoid thousands of dollars in damages.
If you suffered a serious crash while driving at night, you might have a case. If you’d like an experienced Starkville injury attorney from Vollor Law Firm, P.A. Law Firm to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (662) 269-6188.