REDUCE THE RISKS OF NIGHT-TIME DRIVING

It could seem like night-time all the time as winter draws near. We’ll probably be driving more at night than usual because of the short days.

Warning indications you have difficulty driving in the dark

  • Difficulty with approaching headlights
  • Having trouble recognising street signs and road markers
  • Needing to drive slowly
  • Having trouble estimating distance and speed

According to research, poor vision makes night-time 2.3 times more likely than daytime for traffic accidents. Further research has revealed that fatal accidents also occur more frequently on Saturday nights, therefore it is crucial for those who drive at night to be aware of hazards and take the necessary precautions to reduce the likelihood of an accident.

Night-time can damage depth perception, colour identification, and peripheral vision, and the extra issue of headlight glare from oncoming traffic can lead to visual issues. There are several reasons to find solutions to support your vision at night, including:

Routine Eye Test

Driving at night gets more challenging as we age since our visual quality deteriorates over time. Drivers should therefore have routine eye exams, especially if they often travel at night for employment or other purposes. Older drivers are also more likely to develop cataracts and degenerative eye diseases, which can impair vision while driving. A regular eye test can detect any visual problems, and a prescription for glasses can help give drivers greater vision when driving both during the day and at night.

Take Breaks, and get Plenty of Rest.

Making sure you get enough sleep before driving and taking breaks on long trips are essential for lowering your risk of having an accident because exhaustion is one of the leading causes of collisions. According to a study, missing out on two hours of sleep has the same impact as consuming three drinks. Drivers should take breaks at least every two hours when driving for extended periods of time.
Reduce Speed
Maintaining a low speed while driving at night will offer you more time to respond to potential risks. Driving at a slower speed makes it more likely that any accidents you do have will have a less severe impact, which frequently helps to avoid more serious collisions.

Avoid Dangerous Roads

Some roads have a higher risk of accidents, for example, if there are no street lights or there are sharp bends in the road. Roads with high volumes of traffic are also a higher risk than using quieter roads. When you are planning your journey, choose the route options that are safer and take roads that you are more familiar with. In winter in the UK, it is dark during rush hour, so it is very important to be alert and cautious, rather than rushing out of the house in the morning or rushing home from work.

Be Aware of Dangerous Drivers

When you’re driving, other motorists who aren’t paying enough attention to the road are frequently your largest risk. Keep a safe distance away from any vehicles that are swerving or acting suspiciously, and choose an alternate route if possible.

Wear EnRoute Eyewear.

EnRoute glasses were created primarily to address the problems associated with poor night vision. EnRoute lenses are vital for night-time driving because they improve contrast and visual comfort. They are a great option for winter driving because they can help improve eyesight in low-light situations like rain, fog, and other gloomy weather.

Book an appointment at McGovern Opticians Enniskillen or Strabane for an eye test and experience the difference of using EnRoute lenses to support your eyes whilst driving at night.