Getting behind the wheel of a car at night is a necessity for many people in Georgia and throughout the country. Whether you are coming home from a late night at work or headed out for an evening with friends, nighttime driving is hazardous and has dangers that daytime driving lacks.
According to a National Sleep Foundation poll, 103 million people have fallen asleep while driving, while 60% of adult drivers admit that they have driven while tired. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that approximately 100,000 car accidents involve driver fatigue.
You may feel as though you can see well in the dark, but studies show that your depth perception, peripheral vision and central vision is compromised without the presence of natural light. For example, it is more difficult to tell the speed and distance of an approaching car as you wait to make a right-hand turn.
Older drivers have a higher risk of issues, as they may have macular degeneration or cataracts, which make it more difficult to see. It is important to ensure you have regular eye exams and take your time while driving in the dark.
Distracted and drunk drivers
There are more distracted, drowsy and drunk drivers on the road at night than there are during the day. While it is important to avoid all distractions when driving during the day, it is even more critical to avoid them at night.
Remember to be patient and extremely cautious while driving at night to minimize your risk of being involved in a deadly car accident.
Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C. is located in Lawrenceville, GE and serves clients in and around North Metro, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Grayson, Stone Mountain, Lilburn, Duluth, Suwanee, Snellville and Gwinnett County.
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