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How to identify the dangers of nighttime driving

When the sun sets in Texas, you may still be out running errands, traveling home from work or going out with friends. You face a greater risk of being killed or injured in a catastrophic car accident while driving at night. According to the National Safety Council, people are three times more likely to lose their lives in a car accident at night than they are during the day. It is crucial that you understand why these accidents are more likely to occur so that you can possibly avoid being involved in one.

A lack of natural light can make it more difficult for you to see while driving. Not only does the limited light source decrease your peripheral vision, but it can affect your depth perception as well. When turning into traffic, it may be harder to judge the distance and speed of an oncoming vehicle. Furthermore, you may be unable to see certain hazards, such as bicyclists, construction zones, animals, pedestrians or objects in the road.

If you happen to look directly into oncoming headlights while on the road, it may cause temporary blindness. Be sure to avoid looking into bright headlights. It is important to keep in mind that there are more drunk drivers on the road at night as opposed to daylight hours. All of these things can be especially difficult for people over the age of 50-years-old. The NSC reports that people over this age require twice as much light to see than younger drivers.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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