Practice Defensive Driving at Night
Defensive driving is when a motorist uses various driving skills to stay alert, expect the unexpected, and maintain control. This can be practiced both during the day and at night, but is especially important at night. Here are some techniques for defensive driving:
- Take your time and let speeders pass. Speeding is a common form of aggressive driving behavior. Rather than trying to keep up with speeders, simply let them pass. Driving within the speed limit can protect you from speeding-related car accidents, which make up about 29% of all accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Stay sober. Intoxication behind the wheel impairs the driver’s decision-making and vision, leading to unsafe driving. Staying sober behind the wheel is detrimental to the safety of you, your passengers, and all other people on or around the road. Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and if you see another motorist driving erratically, contact the authorities.
- Maintain alertness and awareness. Being alert and aware of other vehicles and obstructions on and near the road is crucial to defensive driving. On the road, conditions can change in a second. Thus, avoiding distractions, being aware of your surroundings, and alert of sudden changes in traffic can help you to react appropriately and keep you safe while driving.
- Maintain a safe following distance by practicing the 3-second rule. Rear-end collisions make up over 40% of annual car accidents in the United States. The three second rule is a technique used by drivers to prevent rear-end collisions. It states that if the car in front of you is going faster than you, it’s your responsibility to maintain a three second gap. This gap is three seconds of time or more, giving you enough time to react to an obstacle and avoid a collision. Avoiding tailgating is essential, as it the likelihood of being involved in a car accident.
- Pass with care. When passing fellow drivers, be extra careful and extra cautious. Ensure that the maneuver can be executed safely and legally before you commit to changing lanes and passing. There must be enough distance to pass another driver safely without putting any motorist on the road in jeopardy, including yourself.
Practicing defensive driving can help to keep you safe on the road. However, other drivers who don’t practice this can still cause accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by another driver at night, call us. At The Barnes Firm, our team of car accident attorneys will work tirelessly to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000 for a free case evaluation.