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Night driving poses additional risks during the holidays

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2020 | Car Accidents |

Drivers in Florida risk their lives when they take to the busy roads during the holidays. With all the festivities going on, many impaired drivers threaten the safety of others. Furthermore, driving after sundown exacerbates the risks of being involved in car accidents.

The best advice is to take the necessary precautions to stay safe, some of which include the following:

  • Turn on the vehicle’s headlights by twilight to improve vision and be visible to other drivers
  • Too bright dashboard lights can impair forward vision, and it is a good idea to adjust the glow of the instrument panel
  • Lowering traveling speed at night can allow drivers to react in time if emergencies occur
  • Even with headlights on, reaction time may be compromised in the dark
  • Dirt on the windshield, even small specks, could compromise vision at night
  • It is crucial to scan the road for nocturnal animal movement
  • Take frequent breaks to stretch or nap and proceed with replenished energy
  • While texting and driving are dangerous during the daytime, it could be deadly after dark

The American Optometric Association says drivers between ages 40 and 60 should have their eyes checked at two-year intervals and every year after they turn 60. Up to age 40, eye checks every three years are crucial.

Victims of car accidents in Florida that followed another party’s negligence might have grounds to seek damage recovery. Filing a personal injury lawsuit could lead to a monetary judgment to cover documented losses.