Driving at night can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Darkness means reduced visibility, but there are other hazards that occur at night. Learn what dangers you could be facing while driving at night.
One of the biggest hazards of night driving is the darkness, which prevents you from seeing as far as you would during the day. Reduced visibility shortens the time you have to react to other hazards, and can prevent other drivers from seeing you.
Increased Wildlife and Animal Activity
In many areas, animals and wildlife are more active at night, which means that there is a greater chance of them wandering into the road. Even small animals can cause a driver to swerve and lose control of their vehicle, so it is important to still watch for animals, even in urban areas.
Construction crews may be working overnight to fix roads and make repairs in non-peak hours. If you are driving at night, you may encounter construction. Construction sites may have workers and equipment on or near the road, closed lanes, or trucks departing and entering the site.
Many truck drivers prefer to drive at night when there is less traffic. A greater number of trucks on the road can increase the risk of a truck accident to other drivers, however. When driving near trucks, be sure to give them plenty of space and avoid lingering in blind spots.
After dark, the number of intoxicated drivers on the road may greatly increase. This can become a significant hazard in the early morning hours, around the times when bars are closing. Watch for drivers who are behaving erratically and give them wide berth. If you suspect a drunk driver, find a safe place to stop and call the police to report your suspicions. Doing so can prevent DUI accidents.
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