Tennessee drivers who find driving after dark a little daunting and dreadful are not alone. Driving at night in low-light conditions is more dangerous and usually more challenging than driving during the day. According to recent statistics, nearly half of all motor vehicle accidents happen at night. Here are a few tips to help drivers feel more comfortable and safe behind the wheel at night.
Although driving too fast is never a good idea, it is even more dangerous at night. Drivers should always reduce their speed when driving at night. Driving at reduced speeds will help to increase reaction time for pedestrians, debris or wildlife that may unexpectedly appear on the roadway.
At night, there will be more drivers who are sleepy or potentially intoxicated behind the wheel. It is important to drive defensively and always remain alert when driving at night. If it becomes difficult to stay awake, pull over and off of the roadway.
Keep mirrors, windows and headlights clean
Driving at night is challenging enough, don’t make matters worse by driving with dirty or damaged headlights, mirrors and/or windows. Always clean mirrors and windows before hitting the road. Also, be sure to frequently check headlights and taillights. Replace any burnt-out lights as soon as possible.
Taking the proper precautions before driving at night will make nighttime commutes and road trips much safer. However, no matter how experienced or prepared a driver is, there will always be a chance for motor vehicle accidents. Those in Tennessee who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one due to negligence in a tragic accident reserve the right to take legal action and contact an experienced litigator. Damages from a successful claim could provide victims and families with much-needed financial relief.