Why do I like to drive at night

Driving at night - the best tips

With the car through the night - that is definitely associated with a certain risk potential. Because around 40 percent of all accidents occur at night. Nevertheless, driving late at night is sometimes fun, and it often has its advantages.

Truck drivers are often out and about at night. And families who go on vacation by car sometimes prefer this time to reach their destination relaxed. For example, this reduces the risk of being stuck in a traffic jam on the hot asphalt of the autobahn during the day in bright sunshine. To ensure that you drive safely and arrive safely even in the dark, you should heed the following tips.

Recognize dangers and obstacles in the dark in good time

Visibility is considerably worse in the dark than during the day. It should also be noted that deer, wild boars, rabbits and the like are almost magically attracted by the headlights of passing cars. Therefore, especially in rural regions, you have to expect animals to suddenly stand on the road or even run out onto the street at high speed. The risk of a wildlife accident is particularly high in spring and autumn.

It has been shown time and again that some drivers drive without lights at dusk. Obviously, the individual perception of many road users is sometimes quite different when it comes to correctly assessing the visibility. It is generally recommended that you switch on the headlights of your vehicle both during the day and at night. Then you will be seen from afar by the other drivers. By the way, in some of Germany's neighboring countries it is compulsory to drive with lights on, even during the day.

The best tips for a safe night drive

  • Generally drive more slowly at night. This gives you a longer reaction time and is better prepared in the event that people, animals or dangerous traffic obstacles unexpectedly appear in front of you.

  • There are many overtired drivers on the streets at night. Keep your distance to road users who stand out due to an unusual driving style, for example due to a particularly slow or meandering driving style. Your ability to react may be impaired due to fatigue.

  • If it is quiet in your vehicle and the route is rather monotonous, this interaction can have a tiring effect in the dark. As a result, your attention will decrease. Open the side window a little so that more oxygen can get into the vehicle. This increases your alertness and enables you to concentrate better.

  • If necessary, switch on the high beam when the traffic volume is low and there is no oncoming traffic in sight. The intense light cone widens and extends your field of vision. You will be noticed by other road users from a distance and are therefore safer on the road.

  • If you are alone in the car at night and therefore cannot talk to a passenger, turn on your favorite music. In this way you stay more alert and can concentrate better on the journey. In addition, the special atmosphere of the night often sharpens the senses and helps you to hear even the finest details of a song while listening. This is how a first-class song becomes “even better.

  • Put on longer distances regularly smaller breaks a. Do short gymnastic exercises and have something to eat or drink so that you can concentrate better as you continue your journey.

  • To take a break, head to truck stops or inviting rest stops or take advantage of drive-in offersto relax during your journey. These small breaks help against tiredness and have a refreshing effect.

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