Driving at night presents challenges that simply aren’t there during the day. Dimly lit roads, bright light emanating from high beams of oncoming vehicles and altered depth perception — they’re all obstacles to look out for.
National data estimates that 50% of traffic deaths occur at night, despite spending only quarter of our time driving at night. Additionally, an estimated 38,800 people were involved in fatal accidents. These stats underscore that when driving at night you should take a few precautions with your vehicle.
Some simple safety tips go a long way: Dim your dashboard lights, adjust your headlights (and don’t stare at oncoming ones), clean and adjust side mirrors and learn to spot the retinas of other drivers and animals.
You should also take care of your eyes. The American Optometric Association recommends checkups every three years for people under 40, every two years if you’re under 60 and every year from then on.
Perhaps in the future, we’ll get self-driving cars that can navigate at all hours of the day. Until then, here are seven technologies to help humans drive safer when taking a late night drive. Check out our animated infographic that illustrates this emerging tech.