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Extra caution is needed when driving after dark

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2023 | Car Accidents

It’s always a good idea for Oklahoma drivers to be cautious and use defensive driving techniques, but it’s especially important when driving after dark. Accidents are more likely to happen in the late night and early morning hours when compared to other times of the day. By taking extra time, and being mindful of one’s surroundings when driving, many after-dark accidents may be preventable.

How to drive safely after dark

One of the most important things to remember when driving any time of day is that distractions lead to accidents. When driving after dark, one’s reaction time may be slower and it’s not as easy to see hazards or other vehicles in the road. Drivers should avoid using their phones, eating, drinking, and doing other things that can take one’s attention away from the road.

Night driving means that one’s vision is compromised, and visibility is limited to around 500 feet with high-beam headlights. It’s helpful to prepare a vehicle before heading out at night by cleaning the headlights and windshield. Those who wear glasses can benefit from using anti-reflective lenses after dark. Leaving extra time to reach one’s destination can prevent one from feeling rushed, which can lead to driving recklessly.

Accidents can still happen

Cautious drivers can still be injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver. Injured victims may face a lengthy recovery period, which often means time away from work. This may cause a victim to have an unexpected financial burden after being injured in a car crash. Oklahoma crash victims can consult an attorney to better understand if their case warrants them filing a lawsuit for compensation against the driver at fault.