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9 Safety Tips For Night Driving You Should Take Seriously

Even though there are fewer cars on the road at night, the fatality rate on night driving is still on the high side.

At night, be assured you’ll be dealing with drunk drivers, sleep-deprived drivers, animals, etc.

If you must drive at night, here are safety tips for you:

1. Avoid taking medications that can make you drowsy: 
Even the food you eat matters. Eat food that is high in protein rather than ones high in carbohydrates which is more likely to make you feel sleepy.

2. Rest adequately before your night driving: 
It is not advised to take up night driving after a stressful day. Driving with sleepy eyes is very dangerous.

3. Have someone around with you in the car: 
They can help you stay awake with conversation. If the person can drive well too, share the driving duties.

4. Don’t take alcohol: 
You have been hearing and seeing that statement before now. So, no much talk on that. Alcohol will simply impair your driving ability. It will make you react slowly to stimuli.

If you are lucky enough, you won’t cross path with already drunken drivers. Try as much as you can to be very careful especially over the weekend.

5. Don’t fiddle with your gadgets: 
Activities such as talking on cell phone or texting are as dangerous as taking alcohol. It distracts driving. Ensure you’re safely parked if you must use them.

6. Ensure your headlights are working properly: 
As we said earlier, visibility is of the essence while driving. Your headlights will aid your visibility to avoid possible hazards.

7. Ensure your brake lights are functional: 
The brake light gives the drivers behind you signal that they need to slow down and keep sensible distance between you and them.

8. Don’t be in haste: 
The way you speed during the day should not be that way you speed at night. Always ply on a very controllable speed at night for the sake of visibility.

9. In case of car breakdown, ensure you park in a very safe place.  
Being on the road can be dangerous at night. Some drivers are not sane. Some might even think you’re an armed robber or blood sucking demon if by chance they see you on the road. Be careful, respect yourself so that they don’t run over you.

Source: Auto Josh