Precautions for Nighttime Driving
You absolutely hate driving at night. It’s extremely hard to see movement until you have already passed it, lights are blindingly bright, and it seems that others drive more erratically when it’s dark outside. But you can’t not drive anywhere, or not take your family camping trip to Bundick because you’re scared of the dark; well you could, but it isn’t advised. Instead of banning all travel after 5:30 p.m., you can take proper precautions for nighttime driving that will help ease your worry and protect your family.
Nighttime Driving Precautions and Safety Tips
- Always use your lights – Make sure your lights are working properly before driving in the dark to help illuminate any potential hazards.
- Stay alert – If you feel too drowsy, pull over! Speeding to get home faster, or trying to physically hold your eyes open are dangerous moves. If you can’t pull over, have someone else drive, blare music, or talk to other passengers in order to keep yourself from dozing. Drinking something (caffeine helps) can also ward off drowsiness.
- Never drive drunk, tipsy or buzzed – Always have a designated driver or take a taxi when drinking; even if you think you’re okay to drive, nighttime driving is already riskier than daytime driving. Don’t add another potential hazard to the mix—make sure you are completely coherent and alert before getting behind the wheel.
- Drive slowly – It becomes increasingly hard to see objects on the side of the road at night. Avoid hitting animals, pedestrians, and items that may suddenly wind up in the road by staying alert and moving slowly to catch any sudden movements.
You and your family deserve to be safe on the road—no matter what time of day. By following these guidelines, not only will you be protecting them, but you’ll also make the roads safer for others. Help us protect your family further by spreading the word about nighttime driving safety to your Facebook and Twitter friends and followers. Your Tweet could help save a life!
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