Lessening the likelihood of a car accident is likely a goal you and many other Georgia drivers share. You may understand the importance of always wearing your seat belt, having a vehicle with advanced safety features and following traffic laws. Of course, many other factors can affect how you should conduct yourself when behind the wheel of a vehicle.
In particular, you may need to change the way you drive when you travel at night. Nighttime driving can pose many hazards that are not present during daylight hours, and you need to understand that you may need to make adjustments to reduce the risks you face while on the road after dark.
Tips for driving after dark
You may not immediately recognize every hazard that could result from nighttime driving, and you may even enjoy driving at night due to less traffic or other factors you consider beneficial. However, you may want to consider the following tips for avoiding certain hazards:
- Do not drive while fatigued: Drowsy driving can cause a serious car accident much quicker than you may think, and you increase your risk of driving while fatigued when driving at night.
- Avoid back roads: You may like the idea of traveling smaller two-lane roads due to them typically having less traffic, but these roads also typically have less lighting and more curves and hills, which could all make it more dangerous to drive.
- Increase your defense: Though you may already consider yourself a defensive driver, you need to be even more so when driving at night. One reason in particular is that intoxicated drivers are more likely to drive at night, which means you face an increased risk of an accident caused by a drunk driver.
- Watch your speed: Speeding at any time can increase the chances of a car accident, but speed mixed with the limited visibility of nighttime driving can pose even more dangers.
You undoubtedly do not want to suffer injuries or end up injuring someone else while driving at night, and these and many other precautions could help you better work toward arriving at your destination safely.
Of course, the possibility of being involved in a car accident always exists. If you do find yourself in this worst-case scenario where another driver's negligent nighttime driving caused an accident that left you injured, you may find it useful to explore your legal options for seeking compensation.