While some people enjoy driving at night because there are fewer people on the roads, others hate having to drive in the dark. No matter which group you fit into, you will probably find yourself driving in the dark at some point. Here are some things you can do to make your nighttime driving experience safer.
Keep a Safe Speed
Speed limits are created for clear, daytime conditions. Your headlights are meant to illuminate the roadway for four seconds in front of you. If you cannot see at least four seconds ahead, slow down a little.
Be Aware of Animals on the Roadway
In the dark, it can be a lot harder to see animals on the road, but unfortunately some animals are more active in the dark. Although it might be tempting to swerve to miss the animal, that is not the best option. You may still hit the animal, and even if you do not hit the animal, you could end up hitting something else. Instead, stay in your lane, but apply the brakes as firmly as possible. If you see an animal on the road ahead or standing along the roadway, anticipate having to stop or slow down. If you do hit an animal, pull over as soon as possible, and call your insurance company right away.
Use Your High Beams Wisely
While your high beams (or brights) should be used whenever possible, make sure you dim them for oncoming traffic. Your high beams can blind oncoming traffic, leading to a crash. If oncoming traffic has not turned down their high beams, you can flash your lights as a reminder. If the person still does not turn down their high beams, move your focus to the right side of your lane, and try to not focus directly on the oncoming headlights.
Make Sure Your Vehicle is Ready for Night Driving
Your windshield, both inside and out, should be clean to decrease the glare from other vehicle’s headlights. You also should make sure your headlights and taillights are in good working condition. If you have not driven in the dark in a while or if you are going to be driving a long distance during the night, be especially diligent about making sure your vehicle is safe for nighttime driving.
Another important thing to do is to make sure you are aware of the other drivers on the roadway. Unfortunately, sometimes a dangerous driver seems to come out of nowhere or the person suddenly makes an unwise driving decision. If that is the case, and you are the victim of a nighttime driving accident, our Nashville auto accident lawyers can help you. Contact us for a free initial consultation.