It’s approaching that time of year when the nights begin to draw in more quickly. For many people, it’s dark when they set off on the drive home from work.
It’s natural to assume that driving in the dark is more dangerous, but is this based on fact? In short, the answer is yes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal collisions are three times more likely to occur at night.
So, how can you keep yourself safe when driving in the dark?
There are always hazards on the road, but these are accentuated at night. You’re much more likely to encounter an intoxicated driver in the evening. At the same time, other drivers are much less likely to see you coming.
Reduce your speed if necessary and increase the distance between you and other vehicles. This will allow you and other vehicles more time to react should something go wrong.
Test your lights before leaving
Your lights are much more important when driving in the dark. They only help you if they are working as they should be. Test them before you leave. You can do this at home or at work before setting off. If no one is around to help you check if each light is working, you can use a wall or flat surface that will allow you to see the reflected light.
You can only control your own behavior and not that of other road users. If someone else’s negligence has resulted in an accident that injured you, you may be able to hold them to account. Seeking legal guidance will give you a clearer indication of whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim.