Thanks to Daylight Savings we are able to enjoy more of the sun earlier on in the day. Also thanks to Daylight Savings, our drive home after work during the winter months tends to be in the dark. Accident-related death rates are 3 times greater at night, and as such, it is important to understand why driving at night is more dangerous, and to adhere to these simple safety tips.
The lack of sunlight makes it more difficult to see other drivers (especially motorcyclists), pedestrians and cyclists, and animals. It also becomes increasingly difficult to gauge the distance between yourself and other objects. When driving at night be sure to slow down to allow more space between yourself and the cars around you, and watch for pedestrians.
In many areas, construction activity is heaviest at night in order to avoid additional rush hour traffic; however, it adds another obstacle for nighttime driving. With the increased construction to repair damage from the flooding, and the complete overhaul of Colorado Highways, it is imperative to watch for upcoming construction zones and to expect to stop or drive slowly through them.
While it may not technically be “nighttime”, driving at dusk can be just as dangerous. With the glare of the sun, visibility can become even more decreased. Be sure to slow down and watch for cyclists, pedestrians, and construction workers directing traffic. To help other drivers see your car more easily, turn on your headlights about one hour before dusk.
Additional Night Driving Safety Tips
Pedestrian Night Safety Tips
As a pedestrian walking at night, you will need to take extra precautions, as drivers may not be able to see clearly.
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