Have you heard that dawn and dusk are the most dangerous times to drive? Have you wondered why this is? Have you wondered what you can do to stay safer during these hours? Keep reading for answers and contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been involved in an accident at dusk, dawn, or any time in between.
Why Is it So Dangerous to Drive During Dawn and Dusk?
There are a few reasons it is so dangerous to drive at dawn or dusk. First, it can be difficult for drivers to adjust their vision between the dark road and the light sky. Second, add the glare from the sunset or sunrise and it can be even harder to see the road. Finally, consider that people are more likely to be drowsy and/or distracted during these hours, which can also increase car accidents.
Tips for Driving During Dawn or Dusk
Does this mean that you should never drive during dawn or dusk? Ideally you would not, but of course that is not realistic for most people. The experts say that when you are driving during these dangerous hours, follow these tips.:
- Keep your car clean. It is especially important to clean your headlights and your windshield – both inside and out.
- Turn o your headlights before it gets dark. This helps drivers see you.
- Turn down your dash lights. If they are too high, your ability to see lights on the road may be affected.
- Only wear sunglasses if the sun is directly in your eyes. If you have a prescription, consider getting polarized lenses so that the glare will be reduced.
- Use your sun visor when necessary.
- When visibility is low, use the lane markings to guide you. If a vehicle comes upon you with their bright lights on and you can’t see, use the left edge of the road as a guide until you can look directly at the road in front of you again.
- Drive more slowly. Speeding not only increases the chance that you will be involved in an accident, but it also increases the chance of serious injury if an accident does occur.
- Keep your distractions to a minimum. Resist the urge to eat and drink while you are driving. Pick a song or podcast and stick with it – do not play with your cellphone or your radio.
- Keep an eye out for other drivers. They may be drowsy, distracted, or otherwise unsafe.
Of course, no matter what precautions you take, accidents will happen. If you are injured in an accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can help you find the best way forward.