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Shining a Light on Night Driving

SHINING A LIGHT ON NIGHT DRIVING THE DIFFERENCE IS NIGHT AND DAY UNLIKE DISTRACTED DRIVING, DRIVING AT NIGHT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN OFTEN BE AVOIDED. AFTER ALL, WE DRIVE HOME AFTER WORK OR SCHOOL EVERY DAY, AND WE DON'T THINK TWICE ABOUT IT. BUT FEW PEOPLE REALIZE JUST HOW DANGEROUS DRIVING AT NIGHT REALLY IS. 32,885 300% 62% PEOPLE DIED IN MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES IN THE U.S. IN 2010 THE INCREASE IN TRAFFIC DEATH OF ALL PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES RATES AT NIGHT HAPPEN AT NIGHT ONLY 25% OF DRIVING TAKES PLACE AT NIGHT, 55% OF ALL DRIVING DEATHS occUr AFTER DARK YET 90% 160FT OF A DRIVER'S REACTION TIME DEPENDS ON THEIR VISION OF THE ROAD THE DISTANCE YOUR LOW BEAMS GENERALLY ILLUMINATE IN FRONT OF YOUR VEHICLE A 50-YEAR-OLD DRIVER MAY NEED TWICE AS MUCH LIGHT AS SOMEONE WHO IS 30 YEARS OLD TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE ROAD AS WELL. | 200FT | THE DISTANCE IT TAKES TO STOP YOUR CAR WHEN TRAVELING AT 60 MPH TEENAGE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH DEATHS 9P. M.- BY TIME OF DAY MIDNIGHT- MIDNIGHT 3 A.M. 431 DEATHS 466 DEATHS IN 2012 TEENAGE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH DEATHS OCCURRED MOST FREQUENTLY FROM 9 P. M. - MIDNIGHT (17%) 3P.M.-6P.M. 462 DEATHS 6P.M.- 9 P.M. 456 DEATHS 3 A. M.-6A. M. NOON- 3P. M. 298 DEA THS 262 DEATHS 9 A. M.-NOON 172 DEATHS SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVING AT NIGHT ALWAYS KEEP YOUR HEADLIGHTS, TAIL LIGHTS, AND WINDOWS CLEAN TO ENHANCE VISIBILITY. BE SURE YOUR HEADLIGHTS ARE PROPERLY AIMED. MISAIMED HEADLIGHTS WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR YOU TO SEE THE ROAD AND COULD EVEN BLIND OTHER DRIVERS. WHEN IN DOUBT, TURN YOUR HEADLIGHTS ON. LIGHTS WON'T NECESSARILY HELP YOU SEE IN EARLY TWILIGHT, BUT THEY WILL HELP OTHER DRIVERS SEE YOU. NEVER OVERDRIVE YOUR HEADLIGHTS. IF YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO STOP WITHIN THE LIGHTED AREA, YOU RISK HITTING SOMETHING UNSEEN AHEAD OF YOU WHEN YOU DO STOP. INCREASE YOUR FOLLOWING DISTANCE FROM OTHER VEHICLES AT NIGHT. III II SOURCES: HTTP://Www.WEATHER.COM/ACTIVITIES/DRIVING/DRIVINGSAFETYTIPS/NIGHT.HTML I DRIVE SAFELY HTTP://WwW.EHS.PSU.EDU/HELP/INFO_SHEETS/DRIVING_AT_NIGHT_INFO_SHEET.PDF HTTP://WWWTEENDRIVERSOURCE.ORG/STATS/RESEARCHER/DETAIL/61 HTTP://WwW.POPULARMECHANICS.COM/CARS/HOW-TO/REPAIR/10-SAFETY-TIPS-FOR-DRIVING-AFTER-DARK#SLIDE-1 HTTP://www-NRD.NHTSA.DOT.GOV/PUBS/811552.PDF HTTP://wwW.TRICITIES.COM/NEWS/ARTICLE_D126563E-1353-59ED-99A3-FB076DC35809.HTML?MODE=STORY HTTP://WwW.GHSA.ORG/HTML/STATEINFO/LAWS/LICENSE_LAWS.HTML HTTP://WWWJIHS.ORG/IIHS/TOPICS/T/TEENAGERS/ FATALITYFACTS/TEENAGERS#CITE-TEXT-0-1

Shining a Light on Night Driving

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We all know the obvious driving dangers (or at least we should): driving drunk, driving while distracted, driving without a seat belt; the list goes on. But one scenario that seldom makes drivers’ l...

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