Safe Nighttime Driving Tips for Californians
October 17, 2022 | On Behalf Of Randolph And Associates | Motor Vehicle Accidents
Try to Avoid Two-Lane Highways
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two-lane highways can be particularly dangerous at night due to a combination of several factors, including:
- Glare from oncoming vehicles’ headlights
- Low light from other sources
- Frequent sharp curves and steep hills
Clean Your Vehicle
A clean vehicle is a point of pride for many. It can also play a critical role in your safety. A clean windshield and clean headlights boost visibility when driving at night. Brighter headlights can also help other motorists spot your vehicle.
Carry Reflective Triangles
There may be times when you need to pull over to the side of the road at night. When this happens, you need to be prepared to ensure other motorists can spot your vehicle. Turning on your hazard lights will help. That said, you may want to add to your visibility by carefully placing reflective triangles near your vehicle as well. Keep them with you when driving at night in case you ever find yourself in a situation when you need to use them.
Don’t Look Into Headlights
When another vehicle with its headlights on is approaching yours, prevent its headlights from blinding you by looking down and to the right, gazing towards the white line. Your goal is to strike a balance between keeping an eye on the road and making sure another driver’s headlights don’t prevent you from seeing what’s in front of you.
Check Your Vision
For health reasons, you should already be having your vision checked every year. Doing so can also allow for early diagnosis of vision issues that could potentially stop you from seeing clearly while driving in low-light conditions.That said, although you may make an effort to avoid putting yourself and others in danger on the road when driving at night in California, you can’t stop others from being reckless. Their carelessness could result in an accident that leaves you seriously injured. Discuss your case with a lawyer if this happens. At Randolph and Associates, a Southern California car accident attorney will review your case and determine if you have grounds to file a claim seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact us online to get started.
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