3 Tips for Driving Safely at Night

September 13, 2017

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Many people don’t enjoy driving at night because of the limited visibility and the inherent dangers of it.  As of 2009, almost half of all fatal car accidents occur at night when fewer people are on the roads.  

Here are some tips to help you feel more confident about driving safely at night:

Wear Your Seatbelt

There are still a large amount of injuries and fatalities in accidents that occur because the person hadn’t been wearing their safety belt at the time of the accident.  Buckling up can help to keep you safe during the day and the night.

Pay Attention to Your Lights

The lights on and in your car provide a very important function in that they show you information about your vehicle and let others know where you are and where you’re going.  Your dashboard lights should be at the dimmest setting possible where you can still easily see them.  Having your instrument panel at the highest light setting could be affecting your night vision.

You should also ensure that all of your lights outside of your car are working correctly. Headlights, turn signals, and other lights let other vehicles know where you are in comparison to them.

Expect the Unexpected With Wildlife

Many animals are more active at night, and they can pose a problem for drivers when they wander into the road, especially larger animals like deer.  As you’re driving, you should be on the lookout for any dots of light ahead of you.  These are the animal’s eyes reflecting the light of your headlights back at you.  You should try to slow down as quickly as possible without causing an accident with cars following behind you.

Accidents happen, day or night, and when you’ve found yourself in an accident due to the negligence of another, it can be beneficial to have an experienced attorney by your side to help you through the resulting legal case.  If you need a lawyer, contact the law office of Goodrich and Geist to discuss the details of your accident. Call 412-837-8426 or fill out the online contact form to set up an appointment to talk about your case, our credentials, and the options available to you.   

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