Posted by Melissa Hall in #YHSafetyTips, Nov 07, 2018
With the end of daylight savings time comes more hours of darkness! For the majority of workers, the majority of their evening commute will be driven in darkness until daylight savings time starts again on Sunday, March 10th.
Even though we only do one quarter of our driving at night, according to 50% of traffic deaths occur at night.
When driving in the dark, a variety of driving factors can affect your driving including:
A driver’s ago also affects the ability to drive at night. For example, a 50-year-old drive might need twice as much light to see at night as someone who is only thirty years old.
For all drivers, nighttime visibility is limited to about 500 feet with the high beams on, and only 250 feet with a car’s regular headlights.
There is a number of things you can do to increase your own safety when driving at night.
Driving during the evening rush hour, often defined as the time frame between 4PM – 7PM, is more dangerous in the dark due to increased traffic on the road. Stay safe while driving during rush hour by remaining patient, watching your speed, staying in your lane, and not weaving in and out of traffic. You should also avoid distractions including eating, drinking and using your cell phone, as traffic can come to a sudden stop during rush hour.
While you should always remain attentive and alert when driving, it is especially important to avoid all distractions when during at night.
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