Own the Night: 3 Tips for Driving After Dark


Traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day, according to the National Safety Council.

Yet many of us are unaware of night driving’s special hazards or don’t know effective ways to deal with them.Driving at night is more of a challenge than many people think. It’s also more dangerous.One obvious answer is darkness. Ninety percent of a driver’s reaction depends on vision, and vision is severely limited at night. Depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision are compromised after sundown. Older drivers have even greater difficulties seeing at night. A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year old. Fortunately, you can take several effective measures to minimize these after-dark dangers by preparing your car and following special guidelines while you drive. Here are 3 tips for driving after dark.