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Why is nighttime driving risker than daytime driving?

If you have ever navigated the roads of White Plains after the sun has set, you may understand why nighttime driving is more dangerous than driving during the day. In fact, the National Safety Council reported that deadly car accidents are three times more likely to occur at night than they are during the day. What are these dangers and how can you minimize your risk of becoming involved in a fatal nighttime accident?

The lack of natural sunlight can make it difficult for you to see. Not only does it affect your peripheral vision, but it inhibits your ability to determine the speed and distance of approaching vehicles. This can make it dangerous when turning out into traffic, as you are more likely to pull out in front of another vehicle.

The glare from bright, on-coming headlights can make matters worse. Bright headlights can cause temporary blindness and affect your ability to respond to other drivers, traffic signs, pedestrians or other hazards. Keep in mind, that as you get older, it can be even harder to see at night. The NSC reported that 50-year-olds need twice the amount of light to see than 30-year-olds. As people have trouble driving in the dark, they may want to limit their driving time to daylight hours.

Although drunk drivers are on the road at all hours of the day, there are more drunk drivers on the road at night. They may be especially hard to spot when driving in the dark. You should remain extremely cautious and avoid driving around erratic motorists.

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

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