Night Driving

Aug 19, 2016 0 Comments in Uncategorized by

08/19/2016

Reminder of the week:

Night Driving

Although the majority of driving takes place during daylight hours, more accidents occur at night and most fatal accidents happen during the night. The professional driver understands that it takes maximum defensive driving skills to drive safely at night. Add rain to the mix and the risk multiplies. Between 12 midnight and 6 a.m. is the riskiest time for crashes, because there are fewer drivers yet more accidents than any other time of the day. Many professional drivers have routes or trips that begin or end in darkness. Safe night driving requires preparation, alertness, and a heavy dose of common sense.

7 Tips for Safe Driving at Night

  1. Condition of Other Drivers. Late in the evening and during the early morning hours is when you are most likely to meet fatigued or impaired drivers. Be alert for motorists that are driving aggressively or erratically during these times. Maintain a safe distance from these drivers and be prepared to stop. If a vehicle comes into your lane head-on, slow down and move your vehicle as far to the right as you can. Never take evasive action into an oncoming lane of traffic.
  2. Reduce Your Speed
  3. Fatigue, combined with less available light, reduces vision and reaction time. Reduce your speed when driving at night and especially on unfamiliar roads. Maintain a four second interval when following the vehicle ahead as a space cushion.
  4. Keep your headlights and windshield clean. Being able to see other cars and be seen by other drivers helps a lot! If it’s bug season, stop and wipe them off at each break.
  5. Use high beams wisely. The use of high-beam headlights when there isn’t oncoming traffic can extend the time that you have to react to hazards. Never use your high beams because the high beams of the oncoming car stay on. This will only increase the chances of a head-on crash.
  6. Don’t look at oncoming headlights. Focus on the edges of oncoming traffic and bright objects, as staring directly into headlights can blind you for up to five seconds until your eyes adjust.
  7. If you’re tired, get off the road and sleep. If you feel sleepy, caffeine can never be a substitute for sleep, nor is loud music or rolling down the windows. Pull over and rest, and stop every two hours for a break out of your vehicle even if you’re not feeling sleepy. Don’t set out on a trip tired.

Thank You! BE SAFE OUT THERE! 

Klemens Kuqi

Compliance Manager