When you travel to the developing world, guidebooks tell you to avoid road travel at night. Driving at night carries more risk wherever you are in the world, including the U.S.
These are some things you can do to make driving after dark safer:
- Get adequate sleep and rest: Driving back after a two-day festival where you have not slept means you will be tired. If you have a nighttime journey coming up, try to get adequate sleep in the days leading up.
- Stop if you feel tired: It can be tempting to push on when there is a warm bed calling you. Yet, doing so might mean you never arrive. Schedule rest stops, get out and walk about to increase circulation and concentration. Power naps can do wonders.
- Turn off distracting lights: When someone in the back seat turns on the inside light, it affects your ability to see the road. Phone screens and GPS screens have the same effect. Newer cars may have the means to dim the dashboard for this reason.
- Clean the glass: One of the problems of night time driving is oncoming cars blinding you. Dirty windshields make the lights seem worse than clean ones.
- Align your headlights: Well-aligned lamps make it easier for you to see. Poorly aligned headlamps can blind other drivers, as well as fail to illuminate your path. Check your bulbs are in good condition and consider replacing them with a brighter legal bulb. Wash your headlights before a big night trip.
If you are injured in a nighttime car crash in Illinois, seek legal help to understand your compensation options.