During the summer months, Colorado residents often travel long distances as they make their way to and from vacation destinations. Many drivers choose to travel at night since roadways are typically less crowded at night versus the day. However, traveling at night is far different than traveling during the day. What follows may help drivers avoid car accidents as they travel at night.
Driving too fast is never a good thing. At night, however, it’s even more important to reduce speed since visibility is lower. Driving faster means there will be less time to respond if something unexpected happens. Also, drivers should keep a following distance of at least three seconds between their car and the vehicle they are following.
The risk of drowsy driving significantly increases at night and can be very dangerous. Drivers should make sure they are well rested before getting behind the wheel and never assume they can drive for long periods of time without getting tired. According to research, driving after being awake for 18 hours is like driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05.
Use high beams
Using high beams can improve visibility at night. However, only use high beams when there are no vehicles in front or oncoming. Never use high beams when following a vehicle or when other vehicles are approaching.
It is crucial to be defensive and extra diligent when driving at night. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict when car accidents will happen. Colorado residents who have suffered injuries or loss in car accidents caused by the negligence of another party can act by contacting a legal representative. Damages from a successfully litigated lawsuit could provide victims and families with much-needed compensation.