The end of daylight saving time means that it gets darker sooner. Along with setting their clocks back, some people have a hard time adjusting to the new time, and those same people may not drive as well when it gets dark. After all, darkness limits visibility, and some people are sensitive to lights from other cars and streetlights, etc., making their journey all the more stressful. Here are some tips on how people can remain safe while driving at night or when it is dark.
Ways to stay safe
One of the most obvious solutions is to simply not drive after dark. However, this may not be a possibility for many, and if one must drive after the sunsets, he or she refrain from driving while fatigued. People should also avoid two-lane roads whenever possible, as the headlights of oncoming cars can affect a person’s visibility.
Another potential hazard when driving after dark is wildlife and other animals. In rural areas, deer and other wild animals are most active at night and may run into traffic with little or no warning. This can cause a serious collision with the animal, or the person may lose control of his or her vehicle trying to avoid the animal.
Other suggestions to improve visibility include making sure one’s windshield and headlights are clean and clear. Also, a person will want to have an eye exam done and perhaps new glasses or contacts to ensure his or her eyesight will not cause any problems. People should also dim their interior lights and/or dashboard lights to reduce glare and increase their visibility on the road ahead.
If an accident does occur
These are but a few suggestions for driving more safely after dark. Nevertheless, despite one’s best efforts, accidents can still happen. If someone was seriously injured in a crash, whether after dark or during the daytime, that person can consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to gain a better understanding of their options for pursuing just compensation.