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What you should know about driving at night

If you don’t like to drive after the sun goes down, there may be good reason. For motorists in Houston and across the state, driving at night is completely different than driving in full sunlight. In fact, many people avoid navigating the roadways in the dark. According to the National Safety Council, you are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly car accident at night than you are driving during the daytime. This increased risk can be caused by several different factors.

People experience decreased vision when driving at night, as there is no natural light present. The glare from oncoming headlights can also cause temporary blindness to people who are traveling at night. While you may try to avoid the glare, bright lights flashed into your eyes can affect your ability to see traffic and objects in the road.

Lack of light can also influence your ability to perceive the speed and the distance of approaching vehicles. When making a turn into traffic, it is important that you avoid pulling out in front of another vehicle. Not only is it harder to see in the dark, but there are more drunk and distracted drivers on the road during these times.

While you may drive defensively during the day, it is even more critical that you are alert at night. Less experienced and reckless drivers may make poor decisions that could lead to a devastating car accident. Be sure to always wear your seat belt, avoid using your cellphone while behind the wheel and travel the speed limit, especially in poor weather conditions.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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