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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?
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.
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.
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.