Safety Tips While Driving at Night

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Driving at Night Statistics

In Phoenix, one-third of all traffic-related incidents occur at night and more than half of reported fatalities are due to night-time driving. Based on miles driven, there are two and a half times more fatal crashes at night than during the day.


At night, obviously less light is available and thus vision is restricted. Bright light, such as lightning or high-beam headlights can also cause temporary blindness.

Tips to Help

Here are some things you can do to improve your visibility and the ability of others to see you:

  • At dusk turn on your headlights. Leave them on until you are in full daylight.
  • Keep headlights clean and properly aimed.
  • Immediately replace burned-out headlights.
  • Dim your high beams within 500 feet of an approaching vehicle or within 300 feet of a vehicle in front of you.
  • Do not stare into the high beams of any car.
  • You can guide your vehicle by watching the right edge of the road.
  • Do not flick your high beams up and down as a reminder to another driver to dim his brights - this can result in temporary blindness for the other driver.
  • Don’t use high beams when going into a curve.
  • Keep your windshield clean, inside and out.
  • Keep your instrument panels dim.
  • Always keep your eyes moving; do not focus on any one object.
  • Keep a bottle of windshield or glass cleaner in your car for mirrors and interior windshields.
  • Keep windows clean. Tip: Wipe the blades with club soda or carbonated water to significantly reduce streaking.
  • If the washing solution in the car does not leave the glass clean after 10 wiper cycles, replace the blades and/or use a stronger concentration of washing fluid.

Special Awareness

Be especially alert for drunk or drowsy drivers between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. If you notice another car driving at erratic speeds, weaving across lanes, or delayed starts at intersections, use extreme care in passing and notify police.

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