According to an analysis by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, speed and nighttime driving are significant factors contributing towards the number of crashes and fatalities involving teen drivers during the 100 deadliest days, which is a period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Contrary to what many people believe, driving at night is not recommended because the risk of an accident increases considerably. There are several factors that influence this, related to both the driver and the road.
Driving during the night hours increases the risk of an accident up to three times. According to statistics, 42% of traffic accidents occur during the night, especially between 4:00 and 6:00 in the morning, which is the period in which the alert level of people decreases. The risks of driving after sunset are found in the driver, the road and in the vehicle itself.
Drivers in the middle of the night typically have dangerous amounts of fatigue and sleep deprivation, especially after midnight. If you have driven for a long period of time or the monotony of the road hits you, it may be a good idea to take a break and stop driving. Another factor is that many people do not see well at night or in low light, which decreases their reaction time. In addition to the nuisance of the lights of the cars that come in the opposite lane, these can dazzle the driver and cause an accident.
On the other hand, some roads lack good lighting, which makes it difficult to detect pedestrians, cyclists and animals. If the road is excessively lit, it also hinders the visibility of signals, so it is necessary to drive slowly. You also have to be careful at traffic lights because many people do not respect them.
It is also important to keep the lights of the car in optimal conditions to help when driving at night. You should always take precautions to avoid accidents and any injuries associated with them.