We wait 18 years to gain freedom through the acquisition of a driver’s license.
A driver’s license enables you to come and go as you please, stay out later than usual because you are not dependent on someone picking you up at night and show off your brand-new wheels to your friends.
This amazing freedom comes at a cost. In this article we will explore the risks involved with driving at night along with alternative solutions to get from point A to point B. Please note that this article is not only aimed at young people acquiring their license for the first time, but also for every individual who may have the need to drive after the sun has set.
According to National Safety Council Research, you are 3 times more likely to be in a fatal crash at night-time. Impaired vision, fatigue, drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and general rush hour traffic are all contributors that increase the risk of driving after dark.
Your physical safety isn’t our only concern. Due to the risks mentioned above, assessors do a more thorough investigation on claims resulting from night-time accidents. This could delay the finalization and settlement of a claim. There is no upside to using your vehicle at night.
You cannot be expected to lock yourself up in your house and not experience the beautiful nightlife that South Africa has to offer, but fortunately there are alternatives. The first and most obvious solution that comes to mind is Uber. The cost of using Uber might be a consideration for many but compared to possible excess payments and the inconvenience associated with vehicle accidents, the cost of using Uber is not that high.
Should there be no other option than having to drive at night, there are some things that you can do to ensure a safer trip for you and your loved ones:
- Aim your headlights correctly and make sure they’re clean
- Dim your dashboard
- Do not focus on the lights from oncoming vehicles
- If you wear glasses, make sure they’re anti-reflective
- Clean the windshield to eliminate streaks
- Slow down to compensate for limited visibility and reduced stopping time
We wish you a safe journey and trust that you will play your part in making South African roads a safer place.