Why is driving at night more difficult and stressful than driving during the day?
One reason is vision. About 90% of driver’s reactions depends on vision. Without sunlight it is harder to see road signs, cars, pedestrians, cyclists and animals. Diminished visibility also makes it harder to gauge distances between your car and other objects.
Poor vision at night means drivers have to be extra alert which contributes to eye fatigue. This would be another reason why driving at night is more challenging and stressful.
Another reason why night driving is daunting is nigh- blindness. Night Blindness is a condition also known as nyctalopia. This condition makes it harder to see in low light or at night. It can be caused by eye conditions like cataracts.
Age also adds to the stress and difficulty of night driving. The older we get, the harder it is to see at night. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as the average 30-year-old.
However, there are some things you can do to make night driving easier and less taxing. The DMV offers some great Night Driving Safety Tips
- Turn on your car’s headlights one hour before dusk and one hour after dawn to increase your vehicle’s visibility.1)
- Make sure your car’s headlights are well aligned so they actually illuminate the road.
- Clean your headlights, windshields (inside and out) and mirrors.
- Check that all signal and brake lights are functioning properly.
- Use low beams when driving through fog.
- Reduce your speed to give you more reaction time.
- Maintain a greater-than-normal distance from the car in front of you. Distances are more difficult to gauge at night.
- To avoid being blinded by headlights from oncoming traffic, focus eyes on the right edge of the road, while keeping your peripheral vision on the road.
- Don’t ignore eye fatigue. Make frequent stops and take brisk walks. Or pull into a rest area and catch a nap.
- Have annual eye exams to make sure there are no other issues affecting your eyesight and night vision..
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