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Health Tip: Safe Driving at Night

-- Driving at night is more difficult and dangerous, no matter how old you are.

In addition to the obvious visual decline during darkness, there are also the factors of fatigue and more people driving under the influence of alcohol.

Here are suggestions for driving at night, courtesy of the National Safety Council:

  • Make sure your headlights and all windows are regularly cleaned, so it's easier for you to see at night.
  • Turn headlights on when the skies start to darken. Make sure they're properly aimed and on low beams, so as not to blind other drivers.
  • Drive slower, and allow more space between your car and others at night.
  • If another car approaches you with high beams on, focus on the right edge of the road. This will help you avoid be blinded by glare.
  • Avoid fatigue. If need be, take frequent breaks to stretch out, have a rest or grab a snack.
  • Don't drink alcohol, which can impair vision and reflexes, and make you tired.
  • Avoid smoking, which can hamper night vision.
  • If your car develops trouble, pull as far off the road as possible.
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Posted: June 2009