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12/13/2017
Driving at night is inevitable. However, if you want to avoid accidents while it's dark outside, you should read and follow the tips in this post by D&M Marketing, LLC in Covington.

How to Stay Safe While Driving at Night

The winter months bring with them shorter and darker days. Unfortunately, this means that they may also bring an increase in car accidents. As the National Safety Council reports, even though we do only 1/4 of our driving at night, half of all traffic deaths happen when it's dark outside. That's why it is of the utmost importance that you take a few extra measures if you want to remain safe while driving at night. To learn more about what they are, read the post below.

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Check Your Vision

Of course, being able to see is an essential part of driving. Needless to say, your visibility can be limited heavily during the nighttime. For that reason, you need to take steps to ensure you can see while you're out and about. For example, you need to wear your corrective glasses, in case you have poor eyesight. It's also recommended that you keep your windshield unobstructed, and that you check your headlights to ensure they'll be able to light your way and help you stay safe on your journey to your destination.

Employ Your Lights

As mentioned above, you need to see the road before you. However, you should also help others see you while you're driving. To that end, it's important that you employ your lights correctly. Aside from always keeping your headlights on, you need to use your blinkers, hazard lights, high beams, and more, as you see fit. Just remember to be careful with your high beams, as they can blind other drivers on the road, so only use them when strictly necessary.

Avoid Being Blinded

Speaking of not blinding other vehicles, you should do what's in your power to avoid being blinded by bright lights yourself, so your vision isn't compromised while you drive. To that end, if the light source is in front of you, don't look directly at it. Fix your gaze on the luminous lines along the road to keep your vision safe. If, on the contrary, the light source is behind you, use the special setting on your rearview mirror to deflect the light and its annoyance.

Be Prepared for Anything

Having your vehicle breakdown in the middle of the road while it's dark outside can be very scary and dangerous. Obviously, if you want to avoid that situation altogether, you should go to a mechanic on a regular basis so that they can take a look at it and fix what needs fixing. However, you should also keep your vehicle prepared and have an emergency kit handy in case you need to deal with an unforeseen circumstance.

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Drive Even More Carefully

It should go without saying that you should always be careful when you drive if you want to reach your destination safely. However, since it's dark outside, you need to be even more careful than usual. That's why you need to drive at a slower pace, so you can have time to react to the situations that present themselves when there's not much light out. Of course, it's also necessary that you drive defensively, that you avoid distractions at all costs, and that you are on high alert while you drive. It's even suggested that you have a GPS with you so you don't get lost while driving at night (especially when roaming through unknown territories).

Know When to Stop

Finally, another risk that comes with driving late at night is being tired behind the wheel, because drowsiness can actually interfere with your driving skills (your response time, your senses, your judgement, etc.). That's why it is crucial that you know when to stop driving. If you're feeling tired, try not to trust sugary or caffeinated drinks. Instead, stop somewhere or ask someone else to drive, so you can reach your destination in one piece.

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