It’s hard to do a lot of things in the dark. That’s especially true when it comes to driving. Even if a motorist has strong headlights and good depth-perception, that’s not always enough. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorists are three times as likely to get in a fatal collision when driving in the dark.
Fortunately, there are preventative measures drivers can take to prevent harm.
What steps can I take?
Here are a few that could help:
- Watch out for wild animals: Deer mating season is right around the corner in Pennsylvania. Because of this, there may be more of them out on the road. Unfortunately, deer aren’t known for having a good reaction time. Drivers should make sure they take precautions in heavily wooded areas and shine their high beams if necessary.
- Slow down: Late evening hours can make some people feel uninhibited, leading them to take more risks. One of those risks may include driving above the posted speed limit. But according to the NHTSA, speeding accounts for 37% of nighttime crash fatalities.
- Avoid nighttime glare if possible: Driving at night can severely limit one’s vision. But if a motorist is driving on a two-lane highway, the glare from cars coming in the opposite direction can cause drivers to swerve and potentially crash.
People don’t always know when they’ll need to drive in the dark. But by knowing and understanding what to do, they can prepare themselves and others from potential dangers that lie ahead.
But even the most prepared drivers can run into issues. If they do, they may want to seek compensation for any injuries they endure.