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Navigating the roads at night: Tips for safety

It’s getting dark earlier and earlier out there, and that’s bad news for just about everybody who commutes. The odds are high that you head out the door while the roads are dark and don’t head home until it’s dark once more.

Everything from inadequate lighting to the driver behind you who can’t seem to turn off their high beams can add extra stress to your drive. The potential for an accident is vastly increased.

How do you navigate a dark road safely?

Here are some tips that may help you get around better until the days start getting longer again:

  • Get your headlights checked: Improperly aligned headlights can blind other drivers and fail to illuminate your path properly. Either way, that’s a risk you don’t want to take.
  • Get your eyes examined: Eye problems often start small, and refraction issues can easily turn lights into prisms of color that become confusing when you’re on the road.
  • Wash your car: Dirt and grime on your headlights and your windshield can make it harder for you to see clearly both when bright lights hit the glass and in dim areas.
  • Know when to use your lights: Unlike that guy who always seems to be behind you, it’s smart to only use your high beams when you’re in an unlit area or close to dawn and dusk and looking for wildlife near the road.
  • Dim the interior lights and distractions: Interior lights from your navigation device or phone can make it harder for your eyes to adjust to the lighting conditions outside. Turn them down (or off) for safety.
  • Keep the exterior lights on: It’s smart to get into the habit of putting on your headlights and leaving them on in the winter. That way, you never end up forgetting them at the wrong time.

If you do end up in a wreck with a driver that wasn’t as cautious as yourself, find out more about your right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. You shouldn’t have to bear the financial losses caused by someone else’s mistakes on top of your injuries.

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