With fall here and winter just around the corner, Connecticut drivers can face increasing dangers, such as potholes, frosty roads, rain and snow. At the Adler Law Group, LLC, we also know that with the days getting shorter, fall and winter risks are compounded. You may be interested in learning the different ways that driving at night can be dangerous in the coming months. 

The National Safety Council has compiled numerous facts and warnings about driving at night, especially during the fall and winter months. Shortened daylight hours mean driving in the dark during rush hour traffic. You may also find yourself driving often in bad weather at night, which, combined with heavy traffic, can be extremely hazardous. The following points are also true regarding driving at night: 

  • Drivers’ color recognition, peripheral vision and depth perception being compromised in the dark 
  • The glare of headlights being momentarily blinding 
  • Drivers who are fatigued or impaired being on the roads after dark 
  • Difficulty navigating roads that are unfamiliar and confusing at night 

Safety officials say that most people drive at night only a quarter of the time, but half of all traffic deaths occur after dark, which illustrates the unique dangers of nighttime driving. You may take steps to increase your safety when driving after dark, such as knowing your route, looking away from bright headlights as they approach, keeping your windshield and dashboard clean and reducing your speed when visibility is impaired. Your own actions may reduce the chances of being in an accident, but it is not possible to always prevent or predict the actions of negligent drivers, as our page on car accidents explains.