Whether you live in North Carolina or in another state, you probably know that driving at night presents numerous challenges that need to be safely dealt with to prevent a collision. Headlight glare from oncoming cars, your own and other drivers’ fatigue, poorly-lit streets, diminished vision as a result of your age (especially if you are 50 or older) and bumper-to-bumper traffic during rush hour are just a few of the potential hazards typically facing drivers after dark. With some common sense driving suggestions in mind, however, you can significantly reduce your chances of having a motor vehicle accident at night.
- Wipe off your headlights before driving to be sure they are at maximum effectiveness.
- Be sure that your dashboard isn’t so brightly illuminated that it distracts you.
- Try not to look directly at other vehicles’ headlights.
- Make sure that your windshield is free of streaks and grime that can limit visibility.
- Slow down to a reasonable speed when darkness makes it harder to see.
- Have your eyesight professionally checked and get anti-glare lenses for your glasses.
- Focus solely on driving rather than listening to distracting music or chatting with others who are in the car.
- Travel at night when you are well-rested and have gotten a minimum of seven hours’ sleep the night before.
- If you must drive during rush hour, take your time. Don’t be in a hurry to reach your destination.
- Avoid taking medication that might make you drowsy if you have to drive, particularly at night.
Motor vehicle accidents can occur at any time of the day or night, no matter how careful a driver is. If you are involved in a collision, get legal advice promptly so you understand your rights and responsibilities.