Safety Tips For Night Driving

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 Your chances of getting into a car accident increase dramatically once the sun sets. In fact, the National Safety Council affirms “traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day.” And certain factors, like age, can make you more susceptible to dangers during nighttime driving as well. 

In all likelihood this knowledge raised your blood pressure a little. Ours certainly went up. But while it’s disconcerting knowing about your increased risks during nighttime driving, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your odds. Here are a few ways to stay safe while driving in darkness.  

Remember Those Reaction Times

 The faster you’re going, the longer it takes to bring your vehicle to a stop. The darkness dulls reaction times too, meaning that an emergency stop can take even longer at night. Get on the road to safety by performing these key steps when driving after hours: keep more distance than usual between you and the car ahead and take care to reduce your speed.

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The above was written 2/13/13 by Allison Lakin of