2008 Safety Tip
due to vehicle collisions take place three times more often in night-driving
situations. So pay special attention while driving in the late afternoon,
early evening, and early morning hours, times when many of us commute
to and from home. When driving long distances, particularly at night,
stay alert by turning on the radio or stopping every hour or two to stretch,
drink coffee, or eat a light snack. If you feel drowsy, pull over to a
well-lit public area and take a break or short nap.
of the dangers associated with night driving are:
- visibility may
- Peripheral vision
is not as sharp.
- Darkness impairs
your ability to judge distances, movements, and colors.
- Early morning and
late afternoon are prime times for drowsiness.
the following precautions to prevent yourself from becoming a statistic:
- use the visors
in the vehicle and wear sunglasses to fight glare at sunrise and sunset.
Donít wear your sunglasses when driving in low light conditions.
- Turn on your headlights
at twilight (better yet, drive with them at all hours to be more visible).
- give your eyes
a few extra minutes to adjust to the darkness before driving at night.
- Slow down and leave
more distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you (minimum of 300
feet is recommended).
- donít look directly
at the lights of an approaching vehicle, instead look forward and slightly
to the right. The bold shoulder stripe is a good guide.
- Change the rearview
mirror to the night position to minimize glare from vehicles behind