RSS

by Sheri Bush on Apr 08, 2014

While fall and winter have their own pleasures, longer nights mean increased danger on the roads.

You might think you drive just as well at night, but consider this: Even though nighttime driving accounts for just 23% of vehicle miles traveled, more than 50% of fatalities for vehicle occupants 16 and older occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to the National Safety Commission (NSC).

Because we're big advocates for safety at Ficon-Bush Insurance, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at why night driving is more dangerous, and what you can do to decrease that danger.

What's dangerous about night driving?

  1. Decreased vision. We won't go into all the biological details, but different parts of the eye (such as iris, pupil and retina) work differently at night. Your peripheral vision is actually slightly improved, but it's more difficult to focus on objects ahead of you. And traveling between well-lit areas and darker roads creates issues as well.

  2. Driving too fast for your headlights. Depending on vehicle speed and headlight setting, many people “over-drive” their headlights. That means, by the time they see something on the road, it's too late to stop in time to avoid it.

  3. Impaired judgment. Whether due to drowsiness or the use of alcohol or drugs, it appears that drivers at night often don't use good judgment. According to the NSC, 66% of fatalities at night involve vehicle occupants who weren't wearing seat belts.

So what do you do?

Sometimes, there's no way around driving at night. So, whether you're just running to the store or driving a long distance, here are some tips to help you make a safe trip.

  1. Make sure your vehicle's lights are in good working condition. And not just headlights, but turn signals, taillights, etc.

  2. Avoid speeding. Leave a bigger cushion between you and other cars than you would during daylight hours. Leave yourself more time for the trip.

  3. Be more aware of your surroundings. You shouldn't be using your phone, messing around with the radio or trying to find something on the floor while you're on the road anyway – and distractions are even more deadly at night.

Of course, if you're not comfortable driving at night, the best thing is to avoid it altogether if possible. There's nothing wrong with asking for a ride from a trusted safe driver or waiting for the sun to come out!

We're open all day!

When you're driving around during the day, stop in to visit us at Ficon-Bush Insurance for a review of your coverage. We won't keep you after dark, we promise. Just give us a call at 304-465-1563 or send us a note at . We're here to help!

Article Comments

There are no comments yet.

Be the First to Leave a Comment


(Do not fill out this field, or your comment will be ignored. This field is here to help us protect against automated (spam) comments.

Your comment will show up once it has been reviewed.



More articles related to…


Bookmark our mobile website
m.ficonbush.com

Conveniently access customer service and claim info directly from your cell phone. Read more.

Ficon-Bush Insurance Agency
1214 Main St E
Oak Hill, WV 25901
304-465-1563

Ficon-Bush Insurance Agency
5446 Robert C Byrd Dr
Across from Crossroads Mall
304-253-1563

Ficon-Bush Insurance Agency
824 MacCorkle Ave SW
St. Albans, WV 25177
304-727-7228

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday