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Car Accidents at night tend be more dangerous for all parties involved. As the number of daylight hours shrinks and the time Los Angeles drivers are operating in the dark grows, drunk, fatigued and drivers with limited vision cause more traumatic accidents due to decreased reaction time before a collision. For everyone’s safety, it is important to remember to adjust your driving habits to account for changes in road conditions. In this post, I want to discuss some habits you can build upon to develop better nighttime driving technique.

Staying Safe on the Roads at Night

1. Scan the road ahead. It is easy to be caught looking at one area of the road when shapes and colors are not easily defined on the road ahead. Oncoming headlights can temporarily blind you and inebriated drivers may behave unconventionally on the road. For these reasons, it is always important to keep your eyes moving across the road, scanning for potential dangers. Here in Los Angeles, many residential streets could use additional illumination to protect pedestrians as well as wildlife and pets that find themselves on the road. To account for the reduced visibility, you may need to drive significantly slower to give yourself ample time to react.

2. Slow down entering curves. In decreased visibility, depth perception also decreases. Slowing down on the entry to each curve give you more time to react to objects that may be closer than you first thought. Additionally, this gives you more time to react to people or objects highlighted by your headlights. For example, at the start of the curve, your headlights point directly ahead while the road curves away from the focus of the light.

3. Have your eyes routinely examined. This piece of advice is not specific to driving at night but it can help your nighttime driving experience exponentially. Straining your eyes at night can develop problems for your eyes and worsen your ability to drive at night. Routine eye exams can prevent numerous diseases from spreading and wreaking havoc in your body.