The recent time change has meant that more Californians will now be driving at night. Nighttime driving is definitely more challenging and comes with a higher risk of accidents.
Most accidents take place during the hours between 6 PM and 6 AM, and the risk of accidents is especially higher in the case of teenage drivers. A majority of teenage accident fatalities occur between the hours of nine and midnight. In fact, according to some statistics, accident fatalities are up to three times more likely to occur in accidents during nighttime.
Your driving style at night must be more cautious than during the daytime. Reduce speeds at night, and increase the distance that you leave between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. During night, it's harder for you to judge exactly how far the car in front of you is. Err on the side of caution.
Limit your use of high beams as a courtesy. You can use high beams when there's no oncoming traffic, but avoid using these when there's a lot of oncoming traffic. Learn to drive when an oncoming vehicle flashes high beam lights. Look for the white line that is running along the edge of the road, and use it to retain your position.
Make sure that your headlights are aimed properly, and that your windshield is clean. Even stains on your windshield can scatter the light that falls on the glass, affecting your vision, and causing you to make driving errors.
Drive defensively, because you are likely to be sharing the road with more numbers of people who are driving under the influence of alcohol. Most alcohol-related car accidents occur at night. If you see someone who is driving erratically, weaving in and out of lanes, driving the wrong way, or driving at excessive speeds, call 911 and report it.
If you have suffered injuries in an accident, you can claim compensation for your damages. Discuss your car accident claim with a San Jose car accident attorney.