Driving at night
There is a great variety of factors that complicate the process of driving in the dark. However, there are some aspects having taken into account which, you can learn to break through the impenetrable redoubts of the night regardless of whether you are driving a regular used Volkswagen or a Mercedes S class that has all those safety features.
You probably realize that in order for driving to be as safe as possible at night, the driver must fully meet the heightened demands that the night presents them with.
What are the main reasons that the night is a pretty dangerous time for driving?
- Poor visibility
Even if you are using your headlights, in the dark, it is very difficult to determine the distance and speed of the vehicle.
This phenomenon is associated with those features that are characteristic of human vision. Our eye is an extremely sensitive organ that can perfectly see both in a sunlit snowy peak, where the illumination level is 100 thousand lux, and in the nocturnal steppe, which is illuminated exclusively by stars – the illumination level does not exceed 0.0001 lux. However, despite such fantastic abilities, our vision has a huge drawback – it is incredibly slow and lazy to adjust to changing brightness. The narrowing or widening of the pupils takes quite a long time – tens of seconds. If the transition from darkness to light or vice versa occurs abruptly, it can even provoke a temporary blindness, the duration of which is 10-30 seconds. Therefore, you should not underestimate the blinding factor: the generalized statistics claim that about 12% of all accidents in the dark occur precisely because of drivers being blinded.
- Alcoholic intoxication
The negative impact of alcohol on the driver is enormous, and if you combine intoxication with the impenetrability of the night, you face the fact that alcohol consumption and driving at night remains one of the main reasons why young inexperienced drivers get into serious accidents.
When a person reaches 20, their eyesight starts to worsen. With age, the cornea starts to let in less and less light, and by the age of 60, a person needs three times more light compared to the young.
If a person is tired, their concentration and the reaction time decrease significantly. The greatest need for sleep takes place right after lunch, and also between 3:00 and 7:00 A.M.
Finally, as a tip for inexperienced drivers, we would like to suggest you learn the dimensions of your car. A novice driver who does not yet feel their car is likely to incorrectly calculate its trajectory of movement. Thus, you need to be able to have an idea of the dimensions of your car and be able to recall them from memory, because in the dark, it is difficult to distinguish the outer contours of the car.
Plus, if your car does not have Xenon headlights, you might want to consider some Kia used options, which do come with this option, as Xenon headlights really do come in handy at night.