Today in the state of Michigan, there are more licensed drivers than ever. These days, traveling during perfect conditions is often challenging, but driving at night when visibility is limited can be hazardous. According to recent statistics, the chances for serious or fatal car accidents is nearly three times greater at night as opposed to the day. Here are a few recommendations from the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council (MVLC) to help improve vision and driving safety at night.
Obviously, headlights help drivers see the road at night. However, headlights also make a vehicle visible to other drivers. It is recommended that drivers have headlights on at least an hour before sunset and an hour after sunrise to ensure their vehicle is visible to others on the road. It is also important to know when and when not to use high beams. In heavy fog or inclement weather, only use low beams and refrain from using high beams when other vehicles are near.
Without question, night driving can definitely be tiring. To combat drowsiness, drivers should make sure the ventilation is good inside the vehicle and take frequent breaks to allow for vision recovery. Also, never follow another vehicle too closely at night. Increase following distance by at least four to five seconds to allow for more response time in case a problem arises.
Many drivers prefer to travel at night since roadways are typically less crowded. However, many drivers are also unaware of the challenges of night driving or effective ways to handle these risks. Michigan residents who have suffered injury or loss as a result of negligence in car accidents could benefit by seeking the services of a legal representative. Damages from a successful lawsuit could provide victims and families with vital financial relief.