Michigan Attorneys Examine the Risks of Night Driving
Right now, we’re experiencing the shortest days of the year, and that means Michigan drivers will spend more time driving in dark conditions. Driving at night poses a much higher risk than driving during the day, especially in the wintertime.
Driving at night can be downright dangerous in the winter. This is especially true during inclement weather. As we know, snow and rain can greatly impact our visibility, especially in rural areas that lack adequate lighting.
Limited visibility and drowsy driving
Objects are harder to see at night, especially when snow and other precipitation builds upon our windshields. Cars nearby might not appear to be traveling as fast as they actually are. When the weather is bad, more care must be taken to avoid an accident.
On average, drivers can only see up to 250 feet in front of them during peak darkness. That’s when using standard headlights. That range increases to 500 feet when high-beams are activated. However, if not used with care, high-beams can obstruct other drivers’ visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.
Nighttime driving can be especially problematic for drivers over the age of 60, or those who suffer from diminished eyesight.
In many cases, drivers are unable to see road markings or pedestrians. Additionally, navigating through roads with frequent curves can be dangerous.
To make matters worse, far too many people are driving at night when they are too tired to do so. A poll was recently released by the National Sleep Foundation, and the results were shocking. The poll found that as many as 60% of adults have driven while they were tired. What’s more, an alarming 37% of those polled reported falling asleep while driving. This means that as many as 1 out of every 3 drivers have fallen asleep while operating a car on icy streets and even while traveling on our highways.
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