The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that accidents are three times more likely to happen at night. As we approach the winter months, you will likely be driving after the sunsets. During this time, visibility lowers and the potential dangers on the road increase.
Despite the roads being less busy at night, accidents are three times more likely to happen.
To help you drive your best at night, we put together five important tips for our fellow truck drivers when hauling at night.
Avoid Driving Drowsy
A good night’s sleep is vital for every driver. Getting the right amount of rest plays a critical role in safety on the road. If you feel drowsy, pull over and take a break. If you never usually drive at night, there is a greater chance you’ll experience fatigue than truckers who are used to it.
Some tips to help you get a night of better sleep include:
- Cutting back on caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and spicy foods a couple of hours before bed.
- Create a comfortable environment to sleep in.
- Use earplugs or a white noise machine to block out outside noise.
Maintain Eye Contact On The Road
We have a few different tips to help you improve keeping your eyes on the road :
- Always avoid driving distracted: Resist the temptation to look at your phone or reach for objects.
- Don’t forget to keep a clean windshield: Bugs and dirt can build up on the windshield over time. At night, this can cause the light to reflect and limit visibility. When you clean your windshield, check to make sure your wiper blades are in working condition.
- Look away from oncoming traffic: Looking directly into oncoming traffic headlights can be temporarily blinding and distracting. Keep your eyes moving or look down towards the right side of the road.
- Use your high beams: When it’s appropriate, use your high beams to improve visibility.
Drive The Speed Limit
Speeding can result in traffic tickets and accidents. Driving within the speed limit protects you and other drivers. Driving at night, you may face impaired drivers and wildlife – slowing down allows for extra reaction time and planning ahead.
Have Proper Supplies
If you are trucking in winter and at night, it’s crucial to have the right tools and ensure your truck is appropriately maintained every time you start your drive.
Stay Hydrated & Eat Healthily
We support the health and well-being of truckers. We believe it’s essential for you to take care of yourself on the road. Here are some of our other blog posts you may be interested in:
- Mental and physical health tips for drivers
- Tips to eat healthy on the road
- Stress management tips for truckers
Stay Safe When Trucking At Night
Truck driving at night can have its benefits, but your safety and well-being are the most important. Drive safe and smart by implementing these tips on your next haul.