Although we only do a quarter of our driving at night, approximately 50% of car accident fatalities happen in the evenings. Based on a report by the National Safety Council (NSC), the risk of a fatal traffic-related crash is three times greater at night.
Below are the four common reasons why driving at night is the most dangerous.
Many people find themselves spending more time driving in the dark during the fall and winter seasons. While we are capable of seeing well in low-light conditions, it gets harder to see at night as we grow older. An individual who is 50 years old may need twice as much light to see compared to someone who is 30 years of age.
Depth perception, peripheral vision, and color recognition can be compromised at night. Furthermore, the glare of headlights from oncoming vehicles or those following us can temporarily blind a driver.
Motorists who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs are often on the road during the evenings and early mornings, typically between the hours of midnight and 3 AM on the weekends.
Based on a report by the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adults have driven while they were tired and another 37% have fallen asleep at the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes are caused by driver fatigue in 2016.