As we 'Fall Back' to Shorter Days, Take Extra Care on the Road

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Posted: 10/3/2019 9:48 AM by Interim HealthCare

According to National Safety Council research, the risk of a fatal crash is 3X greater at night.

car Many people will find themselves spending more time driving in the dark, this year daylight end on Sunday November 3rd at 2 a.m. What can you do to combat darkness? Tips: aim your head­lights correctly, and make sure they're clean. Also, dim your dashboard and keep the windshield free of dirt and streaks. Here are some others:
 
Compromised Night Vision
As we age, we have greater difficulty seeing at night. A 60-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year-old. Older drivers should check with their doctors about side effects of certain prescription drugs and have an eye exam routinely.
 
Fatigue
Most crashes or near misses, happen at the times you would expect drivers to be tired: 4 to 6 a.m., midnight to 2 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Know your limits.
 
Rush Hour
Don't be an impatient driver; slow down and even though the route may be familiar, don't go on autopilot; stay alert. Stay off your mobile device. It can wait!
 
Impaired Drivers
Impaired drivers are most frequently on the road after dark particularly between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on weekends. While drunk driving has declined by about 1/3 since 2007, drivers under the influence of drugs has increased. THC (found in marijuana) among drivers on weekend nights increased 48% since 2007.  Many states have not yet updated their laws to address this growing problem.

Stay Alert, Stay Alive!!
 
While we do only one quarter of our driving at night, 50% of traffic deaths happen at night.
 
Shelli Crogan
Director of Community Relations
 

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