Navigating the roads of Texas can be challenging during daylight hours. Yet when the sun goes down, you may still need to run errands, travel home from work or go out with friends. According to the National Safety Council, the risk of becoming involved in a car accident while driving at night is substantially higher than while driving during the day. Although it is important to be fully alert when driving during daylight hours, it is even more crucial that you pay attention to the road and others around when driving at night.
One reason why it may be more difficult to drive at night is the lack of natural sunlight. It can be harder to see at night. Furthermore, your ability to determine the speed and distance of an oncoming car can be altered at night, especially if you are older. The NSC reports that drivers over the age of 50 often need twice the amount of light than younger drivers. Bad weather conditions, drunk drivers and distractions can also lead to further problems while driving at night.
What can you do? Slow down while navigating the roads at night alongside other vehicles. Be aware of your surroundings so that you can react to another driver, objects in the road or inclement weather conditions. Never engage in distractive activities while behind the wheel, including using your cellphone to talk, text, take selfies or post social media updates.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.