Why Driving at Night is So Dangerous

Decreased visibility

It’s no secret that it’s harder to see at night.  The lack of sun makes it harder to see road signs, fellow drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and animals.  This decreased visibility also makes it harder to g­auge distance between your car and other objects.

How to handle it: Slow down and allow more space between you and the cars around you.

Night blindness

Night blindness, also known as nyctalopia, is a condition that makes it hard to see poor light or at night.  It can be caused by eye conditions like cataracts.  Symptoms of night blindness include:

  • Decreased vision at night or in poor light
  • Peripheral vision problems
  • Possible loss of central vision

How to handle it: See an eye doctor if you haven’t in a while.  Your eye doctor can verify conditions that lead to night blindness.  While there’s no magic cure for night blindness, your doctor may be able to help with a new prescription.

Construction activity:

Nighttime is prime time for construction.  While this is great for those drive during rush hour, it’s not so good for driving at night.

How to handle it: Keep an eye out for upcoming construction zones.  Expect to stop of slowly drive past them.

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