Winter has arrived in North Carolina, making it more dangerous than ever for you to drive. Increased nighttime driving plus the increased possibility of inclement weather and therefore poor road conditions combine to form the “perfect storm” that leads to accidents.
National Safety Council statistics show that 4-7 p.m. and 12-6 a.m. represent the time periods during which most fatal vehicle crashes happen nationwide. The reasons? Reduced visibility, increased driver fatigue, and the increased likelihood of encountering an impaired driver.
Your ability to see the road ahead of you decreases drastically once the sun goes down. Your low-beam headlights provide you with visibility of only 250 feet. Even your high-beam headlights provide you with only 500 feet. At 60 miles per hour, this gives you about 5.6 seconds to stop if your high beams catch something and only about 2.8 seconds if you have your low beams on.
Increased driver fatigue
You and other drivers become more fatigued when you must drive at night. This makes your winter commute home from work even more dangerous than your summer one. Friday evening represents a particularly dangerous evening commute because you and everyone else tend to drive faster than normal so as to get home and begin your weekend activities.
More impaired drivers
As you might expect, the already dangerous 12-6 a.m time period becomes even more so on Saturdays and Sundays. Why? Because bars and clubs empty out during these times and too many people get behind the wheel after drinking too much alcohol. At least 30 people die every weekend due to car crashes involving an impaired driver.
This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.