Driving a car in Florida during summer vacation when the state’s roads are at their busiest poses many risks. After sundown, it becomes even more dangerous. There are specific steps drivers can take to reduce the typical dangers of nighttime driving and reduce the risks of being involved in car accidents.
Those who drive home in the dark after a long day at work are at even higher risks because drowsiness, exhaustion or fatigue could set in. However, many drivers have no other options, and the best they can do is mitigate the dangers. The following tips can help get them safely home:
- Dim the dashboard lights: The instrument panel’s glare could compromise forward vision.
- Remember the headlights: Even when driving on brightly lit streets to avoid sudden darkness when moving beyond city streets.
- Slow down: Remember speed limits are for perfect conditions, which nighttime is not.
- Stay alert: Reactions at night are slower, and accidents occur in the blink of an eye.
- Avoid distractions: Texting while driving is even more dangerous at night than in the daytime.
- Keep a clean car: Dirty spots on the windshield or other windows and mirrors could limit vision.
- Look out for animals: Many roam across roads at night, and striking one could result in a serious accident.
- Look out for pedestrians: Beware, pedestrians might assume they are visible to drivers.
- Take breaks on a long trip: Pulling over and getting out of the car to stretch could keep a driver alert.
Unfortunately, for every responsible, safe driver in Florida, there are likely others whose driving is reckless and negligent. Victims of car accidents caused by those drivers could pursue financial relief by filing personal injury lawsuits in a civil court. If successful, a monetary judgment would cover financial and other damages.