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Driving in the dark on unfamiliar roads is a major cause of car accidents in the UK, particularly in country areas with small winding roads. The risk of a fatal accident is three times higher at night than during the day.
Vision while driving at night is reduced to 20/50. This distortion can have a large impact on a driver’s quality of vision and with night-time glare and poor weather conditions also reducing motorist’s visibility which could then make them more vulnerable to accidents.
Driving late at night or in the early hours of the morning (particularly between 9:00pm and 2:00am) means that your natural alertness is its lowest, and this can make driving at night even more dangerous.
Safety is a primary concern for all drivers, especially at night. Although there are fewer cars on the road, most fatal car accidents happen at night than any other time of the day.
As motorists are more vulnerable to dangerous road situations at night or in low visibility, they should double their preparedness, alertness and common sense when driving at night.
Headlight glare at night greatly reduces motorist’s ability to see safely at night. According to a study by the AA it takes a typical driver 10 seconds to recover from headlight glare situations, and this time increases as we age.
To reduce accidents at night motorists should make sure their lights all work properly and are pointing off the road and keep your windscreens clean - being able to see other cars and being seen by other drivers is essential to stay safe while driving at night.