How to Stay Safe Driving at Night in the Big Easy
As a driver, your risk of being in an accident rises dramatically at night, so you should take some extra precautions to ensure your safety as well as those around you. In cities like New Orleans, which has a lot of traffic and pedestrians at night, it’s especially important. Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys’ French Quarter accident lawyer suggests these tips for safe nighttime driving in New Orleans:
Check Your Headlights.
Always check your headlights before getting on the road if you’ll be driving at night. Having one burned out can reduce your ability to see, and the other could unexpectedly go out too. In addition, headlights can be misaligned, which can further decrease your visibility. You can adjust them yourself, but it can be tricky, so you might want to ask your mechanic to do it for you.
Look Out for Pedestrians.
Always be aware of pedestrians, particularly after dark. In areas such as the French Quarter, you can always count on plenty of foot traffic. Many people may be caught up in having such a good time that they stop paying attention to traffic.
Check your vision.
Visibility is lower at night for everyone, but especially after age 50, you may find it harder to see in poor light. You may also have peripheral vision problems, which can make it difficult to see a pedestrian who’s about to step out into the street. Check your vision at least once a year, and make an appointment sooner if you’ve noticed any changes.
Slowing down will give you a chance to react to a pedestrian walking out into the road or another car pulling out in front of you. In addition, the faster you’re driving, the longer it will take for your car to come to a complete stop when you brake.
Driving safely at night can challenge the best drivers under any circumstances. Drinking? Don’t drive. Driving while you’re drowsy can be just as dangerous. This can not only be caused by lack of sleep, but also by certain medications.
If you’re feeling sleepy, don’t get behind the wheel. And if you become drowsy while you’re driving, pull over in a safe place and walk around for a few minutes to wake up.
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