According to the National Safety Council, the risk of a deadly crash is three times greater at night than during the day. Here are some of the factors contributing to that risk:
- Drunk driving: According to the NSC, impaired drivers are most often on the road during nighttime hours. Weekend late nights between midnight and 3am are the most dangerous. This isn't only drunk driving, but also driving under the influence of any drug that causes impairment.
- Drowsiness: A majority of adults have reported driving while drowsy at some point in their lives. Nighttime is simply when most people are naturally tired, but there are other factors contributing to drowsy driving, such as shift work, lengthy work hours, and a tendency for adults to not get enough sleep nightly.
- Lack of light: The simple fact of darkness reduces how far you can see and means you will most likely have less time to react to unexpected situations. Headlight glare is another factor to contend with at night. Darkness also affects your depth perception and peripheral vision.
These are just a few of the factors that increase crash risk at night. Even though the majority of our driving hours take place during the daylight, about 50% percent of all crashes happen at night.
Staying alert is critically important when you drive. We all have busy schedules, but it's important to prioritize 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Doing so may help you avoid an accident. Remember also to never drive impaired or distracted. Get a vision exam if you are concerned about your night vision.
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