Most Colorado drivers know that they will likely be out at dark during the late fall and winter months. With the sun setting as early as 4:30 p.m., it is hard to finish work or run errands and get home before the sun goes down. While you may not think it is much of an issue since you still have plenty of hours left in the day, it does mean that the chances of an accident increase.
Unfortunately, the lack of light at night can wreak all kinds of havoc on drivers. It can make it more difficult to see and make drivers more prone to fatigue. Additionally, intoxicated drivers are often on the roads more after dark, regardless of what the time is.
What could this mean for you?
These hazards can affect anyone on the road after dark, and while you cannot control how other people adjust to these issues, you can control your driving safety measures. Some of the following tips may help you remain a safe driver during these darker months:
- Make sure your windshield and headlights are clean.
- Dim any lights inside your vehicle, such as those from the dashboard or clock.
- Ensure that your headlights aim properly for maximum visibility.
- Drive slower to make up for limited visibility.
- Reduce the number of distractions.
- Get enough rest before driving and try to travel during your regular waking hours.
If possible, driving between sunrise and sunset would be most advisable. These hours allow for the most daylight and may help reduce the chances of an accident. Of course, it is likely not possible for you to always get home before dark. In particular, during rush hour, you may want to ensure that you remain patient and on the lookout for reckless or negligent drivers.
After an accident
If you do end up suffering injuries due to an after-dark accident caused by another driver, you may have many difficulties ahead. In addition to your physical recovery, you may also struggle financially due to medical bills and lost wages. Fortunately, after such an event, you may have legal options for pursuing compensation for such hardships. Gaining information on personal injury claims and whether this course of action could suit your circumstances may help you determine if it is worthwhile.