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If possible, don't drive at night

Looking for ways to stay safe on the roads in New York? Maybe you've been watching the annual car accident fatality statistics, and you can't believe how many people lose their lives in crashes every year. Is it really worth the convenience of driving?

Well, one of the easiest ways to increase your own safety on the road is simply to avoid driving at night. If possible, just stay home. Drive during the day. If you have to get around at night, consider taking public transportation, like a bus or a train, instead.

Why does this help? People often don't realize it, but the rate of traffic fatalities at night is three times as high as it is during the day. That data comes straight from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Night driving is deadly.

The reasons for this spike in fatalities include:

  • People struggle to see in low-light conditions.
  • Young drivers don't have much experience with night driving.
  • Drivers get tired and deal with fatigue or nod off behind the wheel.
  • There are more drunk drivers on the road and more DUI accidents.
  • Weather conditions often have a greater impact; for instance, driving in the rain is always more dangerous, but it creates far more glare at night, sometimes making it impossible to see.

Of course, not everyone can simply stay at home when it gets dark. You may have to drive for work or a variety of other reasons. If that leads to an accident that puts you in the hospital, make sure you know if you have a right to financial compensation.

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