Driving in Louisiana can be hazardous. Throughout the day, roads can become congested, leading to a risk of accidents.
However, driving at night time also presents some unique risks, even when fewer vehicles are present. In fact, research suggests that despite reduced traffic, up to 50% of fatalities on the road occur at night time.
As a result, it is worth considering methods that may keep you, as a driver, safe while driving at night.
Keep a safe distance
It can be challenging enough to measure the speed of a vehicle during the day. However, this task becomes more difficult at night time. Ensuring that you maintain a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles could help protect you if you need to make an emergency stop.
Ensure that lights, mirrors and windows are maintained
Driving at night will require you to have an increased focus on your surroundings. Ensuring that your headlights, taillights, turn signals and hazard and brake lights are all in working order is vital. This will also give other drivers a greater chance of seeing you. Additionally, you may wish to make sure that all mirrors and windows are thoroughly cleaned, as obscured vision will increase the chances of a collision.
Do not drive if you are tired
Often, it is only natural to feel more tired at night time. You should make sure that you are well rested before embarking on your journey. If you feel tired, it may be safer to put off the trip or find another means of transportation. If fatigue only arises once you have headed out, then you should consider stopping as soon as possible at a suitable rest area.
Understanding how to keep yourself safe as a driver at night could be in your best interests. In the unfortunate event that you have been injured in an accident, you have legal options.