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The dangers of nighttime driving

Even if you don't enjoy driving in the dark, you know that this is unavoidable in some cases.

For example, during the fall months, it gets dark out early. As a result, you may have to drive home from work every day without the help of the sun.

There are many dangers associated with nighttime driving, including the following:

-- Fatigue. When the sun goes down, when you've been awake all day, it's possible that fatigue could set in while you're behind the wheel. Even if you aren't tired, there is no way of knowing the condition of other drivers.

-- Darkness. It goes without saying that it is more difficult to drive at night since you don't have the same level of visibility. For this reason, it's imperative to use your headlights and slow down when necessary.

-- Drunk driving. Although drunk drivers are on the road at all times of the day, this is more common during the evening hours. For example, there are people driving to and from local restaurants and bars. As someone on the road at this time, you need to watch out for the signs of impaired drivers.

There are many dangers associated with nighttime driving. When you know what to expect, you can better prepare yourself for any situation you may face.

If you're involved in a nighttime accident, do your best to move your car out of traffic. From there, put on your hazard lights and contact police as well as an ambulance. Since others may not be able to see you as they pass by, it's best to remain in your vehicle until the authorities arrive.

Source: National Safety Council, "The Most Dangerous Time to Drive," accessed Nov. 15, 2016

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