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How to stay safe when driving at night

| Jul 12, 2020 | Car Wrecks |

Drivers in Georgia know that night driving is more difficult, and it’s also more dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the chances of a fatal accident are three times higher at night than during the day. To address the issue of limited visibility at night, drivers will want to consider these tips.

First, drivers should not look directly at the headlights of oncoming vehicles. Drivers could slow down a little and keep their eyes on the lane markers or the edge of the road. The high-intensity discharge lights or LED lights on newer vehicles put out more glare, but this type of glare only provides discomfort rather than blocking the vision.

Dirty windshields and lights will distort visibility both day and night, so drivers should clean off any grime, ice or snow from them. On older vehicles, continual exposure to sunlight will yellow the plastic coating over the headlamps, the result being that the lights will only give off about 20% of the illumination that newer headlights would. These must be restored or replaced.

There are other simple tips to consider. Drivers should properly align their headlights; dim the interior lights, especially the bright infotainment screens; and avoid wearing yellow- or amber-tinted glasses, which brighten certain objects but block light in other situations.

At night, there are more negligent drivers on the road, especially drowsy and drunk drivers. Those who are injured as a result of another’s negligence or recklessness should know that car accident cases arise from situations like theirs. To see if they are eligible for compensation from the auto insurance company, victims may speak with an attorney. They may want the attorney to help them with negotiations and, as a last resort, with litigation.

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