While more people are driving on the roads during daylight hours and an increase in traffic has a direct link to an increase in accidents, nighttime still remains the most dangerous time to drive. This is scary because in the winter months, there is far more darkness than daylight, especially during those critical hours when people commute to and from work. Knowing that night is a dangerous time to drive is a good start to learning how to protect yourself on Tennessee roadways once the sun goes down.
The National Safety Council explains there are many additional risks during nighttime driving than there are during the day. Glares from headlights or streetlights may compromise your vision. The darkness may throw off your depth perception. You may feel more tired when the sun goes down. Plus, you cannot see as far in the dark regardless of your personal vision issues. You can only see what the light from your headlights or a street light illuminates.
All of these things add up to a situation where you are at greater risk for an accident. Generally, if you cannot see an obstacle or dangerous situation ahead, you cannot react. That is why finding ways to increase your visual abilities and limit anything that could through off your vision is essential to safely drive when the sun goes down.
Some tips for doing so include dimming interior lights, slowing your speed and maintaining a clean windshield. You also should practice not looking into lights as someone drives towards you to avoid temporary blindness. This information is for education and is not legal advice.