According to the National Safety Council, the overall traffic death rate is three times higher for driving at night than it is during the day.
By putting some of the simple, common sense safety tips below into place, you can lower your chances of being involved in a car accident at night while helping keep St Petersburg’s roads safe.
Time and time again, drivers who should know better end up causing drunk driving accidents with devastating consequences by deciding to get behind the wheel under the influence. Stay off the road if you’ve been drinking, and don’t get into a vehicle with a drunk driver.
Be prepared for driving at night
Basic automotive maintenance is another important part of driving safely at night. Ensure that your headlights, taillights and signal lights are working properly and that your headlights are aimed properly. Take a moment to clean the inside and outside of your windows to reduce glare while you’re on the road.
A Forbes article discussing the most dangerous times to drive, points out that many more nighttime traffic fatalities involve passengers who weren’t using restraints.
While just under half of all fatal accidents occur at night, about two thirds of these fatalities occurred to people who were not wearing a seatbelt or child restraint. Only about half of the individuals killed in daytime accidents weren’t buckled up.
Other night driving safety tips
- Avoid smoking behind the wheel. Cigarette smoke can have a negative impact on your night vision.
- Be sure to use your headlights in all low light conditions, including dawn, dusk and inclement weather.
- Use your low beams when driving behind another vehicle or approaching an oncoming vehicle.
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