Sometimes, driving in the dark is unavoidable. This is especially true as the days start to get progressively shorter as we get into the fall season. Just because it is difficult to work around, however, doesn't mean that it is something that should be taken lightly. In fact, driving at night is something that millions of people struggle with every single day. The low light combined with headlights, especially if there are vision problems to compound the issue, can be tough at best and downright dangerous at worst. This is why it is important to know where your limits are when it comes to driving.
Driving at night is a task that we often hear our elderly family members complain about, but it isn't just the older generations that have issues with it. Those who have certain vision problems, such as astigmatism, also report higher levels of difficulty while driving in the dark. This is often caused by the lights either along the side of the road or by oncoming traffic. If you add a weather condition such as rain into the mix, it gets even worse. While we will never tell someone that they shouldn't drive at certain times of the day, it is important that you know how to be aware of what you can and cannot handle when it comes to your comfort and visibility.
Driving at night can also be dangerous due to the fact that you have likely gone all day working or doing something else that is tiring. This means that in the dark, you may find that you are getting tired. If you are behind the wheel, this is obviously extremely dangerous. You never want to nod off while you are driving, but it is more common at night. Always be aware of how sleepy you are and if you need to take a short nap before continuing your trip, it is better to do that than to crash.
If you were in an accident at night due to either a vision issue or exhaustion, give us a call as soon as you can. Here at the Accident and Injury Center, we know how difficult it can be to drive under specific circumstances. We also know how much our chiropractic care can help you. With specialized care for car accident injuries, you won't find a better place to go. Let us treat you and you'll be amazed at how great you'll feel!