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Reasons why night driving is so dangerous

Have you heard that night driving is incredibly dangerous? There are fewer cars on the road, but the percentage of those cars that get involved in fatal accidents goes up. If you have to drive after dark, this is something that you must take into account.

Why is the night so dangerous? Lack of visibility is a clear issue, and it's the reason that many young drivers have special after-dark practice hours. It just takes time to get used to driving safely when you can't see as well. You need faster reaction times, you need to be more alert and you have to avoid distractions.

Other reasons for the increased danger include:

  • Drivers break the speed limit more often
  • There are more drunk drivers on the roads
  • People are more likely to drive without first putting on a seat belt

The drunk driving issue is simply because people tend to drink more often at night, which naturally leads to an increase in intoxicated drivers. This is especially true in the early morning hours on the weekend, when the bars close.

The other two issues are, in some ways, a product of overconfidence. Drivers feel like they will not get caught speeding or driving without a seat belt at night, even though they know it is illegal, and so they are more likely to take that chance.

Remember, even if you do everything right, you still have to share the road with many unsafe drivers after dark. Make sure you know how to seek financial compensation if you get injured in an accident.

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