How to Stay Safe While Driving at Night

March 27th, 2013 by
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You probably wouldn’t think that driving at night would pose much of a problem, but that’s probably because you’ve done it a thousand times and would never think twice about it. What you may not realize is that even in ideal weather conditions, it can be dangerous to drive at night, as visibility is significantly limited. A number of people are afraid of driving at night and many of them will avoid it altogether.

In addition to limited visibility, another danger of night driving is the fatigue factor. You’re more likely to be tired and drowsy at night, reducing your concentration level and slowing your reaction time. Even the slightest change to your normal level of awareness can cause unnecessary complications.

Here are ways you can keep yourself safe while driving in the dark:

  • Keep your headlights clean and make sure they’re working. This allows you to see other cars in front of you. It’s also the law to make sure you’re headlights are on and working in the dark.
  • Reduce your speed. Traveling at slower speeds allows you more distance and time to stop, especially if you have to slam on your brakes in order to avoid hitting the car in front of you.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights. Doing this may end up blinding you.
  • Stop if you’re tired. You’re better off pulling over and completely stopping if you’re feeling tired. Another thing to do if you’re feeling drowsy or sleepy is to stop and get something to eat and drink, or to get out of the car and walk around a little.
  • Limit distractions. You should not be calling anybody, or worse, texting while driving, especially at night. Also, be sure to keep the volume of the stereo down so that you can better pay attention to the road and cars around you.

Let Biggers Mazda Make Sure Your Car is Ready for Night Driving

It’s important that your car is properly maintained and serviced so that you’re safe while driving at night. Be sure to visit Biggers Mazda in Elgin and let our service department make sure your vehicle is running properly.

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