Hamilton, NJ — Beginning at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, Daylight Saving Time will end, which will result in fewer daylight hours. As we prepare to turn our clocks back, AAA Mid-Atlantic reminds motorists to be aware of the challenges associated with night driving especially at dusk, as well as the increased dangers to pedestrians.
“As Sunday arrives, the first day of Standard Time, and when motorists return to their daily commuting schedule on Monday, they will experience shorter days, longer nights, and darkness settling in earlier than they have grown accustomed to for the last seven months,” said Sue Madden, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “We’re reminding motorists of the potential driving hazards that low light or dark conditions bring especially as dusk falls. Twilight is one of the most challenging times to drive because your eyes are adjusting to the increasing darkness.”
According to the National Safety Council, traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day. Ninety percent of a driver’s reaction depends on vision, which is severely limited at night. After sundown, a motorist’s depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision are compromised.
In addition, most pedestrian fatalities occur after sundown. In 2013, 72 percent of pedestrian fatalities nationwide occurred at night (6:00 p.m. - 5:59 a.m.), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“Pedestrians need to remember that motorists may not always see them at night or in the morning and late afternoon as motorists fight sun glare. Pedestrians need to do their part by practicing safety guidelines that will help ensure motorists can see them,” added Madden.
AAA Mid-Atlantic offers the following tips to motorists and pedestrians while driving or walking during low light or dark conditions:
AAA Night-Time Driving Tips For Motorists
Keep headlights, tail lights, signal lights, and windows (inside and out) clean.
Have your headlights properly aimed. If not proper