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By The MNFUIA Team

Summer has ended, and while fall and winter have their own pleasures, longer nights mean increased danger on the roads.  You might think you drive just as well at night, but consider this: Even though nighttime driving accounts for just 23% of vehicle miles traveled, more than 50% of fatalities for vehicle occupants 16 and older occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to the National Safety Commission (NSC).


Because we’re big advocates for safety at Farmers Union Agency, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at why night driving is more dangerous, and what you can do to decrease that danger.


What’s Dangerous About Night Driving?

  1. Decreased vision. Different parts of the eye (such as iris, pupil and retina) work differently at night. 
  2. Driving too fast for your headlights. Depending on vehicle speed and headlight setting, many people “over-drive” their headlights. 
  3. Impaired judgment. Whether due to drowsiness or the use of alcohol or drugs, it appears that drivers at night often don’t use good judgment. According to the NSC, 66% of fatalities at night involve vehicle occupants who weren’t wearing seat belts. 


So What Can You Do?

Sometimes, there’s no way around driving at night. So here are some tips to help you make a safe trip — whether you’re just running to the store, or you’re headed up to Duluth.

  1. Make sure your vehicle’s lights are in good working condition. And not just headlights, but turn signals, taillights, etc.
  2. Avoid speeding. Leave a bigger cushion between you and other cars than you would during daylight hours. Leave yourself more time for the trip.
  3. Be more aware of your surroundings. You shouldn’t be using your phone, messing around with the radio or trying to find something on the floor while you’re on the road anyway — and distractions are even more deadly at night.


Of course, if you’re not comfortable driving at night, the best thing is to avoid it altogether. There’s nothing wrong with asking for a ride from a trusted safe driver or waiting for the sun to come out!  

Thanks to Safeco Insurance for contributing to the content of this blog.


On This Day in History....

November 1: Sistine Chapel ceiling opened to the public (1512).

November 2: Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose flew (1947).

November 3: Jesse “The Body” Ventura elected MN Governor (1998).

November 4: Entrance to King Tut’s tomb was discovered (1922).

November 5: George Foreman oldest heavyweight champ (1994).

November 6: Abraham Lincoln elected President (1860).

November 7: FDR reelected a record third time (1944).

November 8: John F. Kennedy was elected President (1960).

November 9: German Nazis launched Kristallnacht (1938).

November 10: “Sesame Street” launched on public TV (1969).

November 11: World War I ended with Armistice Agreement (1918).

November 12: Ellis Island in New York Harbor closed (1954).

November 13: Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated (1982).

November 14: Apollo 12 lifted off from Cape Canaveral (1969).

November 15: Articles of Confederation adopted (1777).

November 16: The Sound of Music debuted on Broadway (1959).

November 17: The Suez Canal opened in Mediterranean (1869).

November 18: President Lincoln travelled to Gettysburg (1863).

November 19: President Lincoln delivered Gettysburg Address (1863).

November 20: The Nuremberg trials began in Germany (1945).

November 21: Millions wondered who shot J.R. (“Dallas,” 1980).

November 22: President John F. Kennedy assassinated in TX (1963).

November 23: The first issue of Life magazine published (1936).

November 24: Darwin’s The Origin of Species published (1859).

November 25: JFK buried at Arlington National Cemetery (1963).

November 26: FDR established modern-day Thanksgiving (1941).

November 27: Pentagon ordered more troops to Vietnam (1965).

November 28: Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway (1582).

November 29: Richard Byrd flew over the South Pole (1929).

November 30: Winston Churchill was born in England (1874).


Historical dates are excerpted from History.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Published on YouTube June 25, 2015; used by permission of Travelers Insurance.
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