Some Disadvantages For the Elderly When Driving at Night

As we get older most of us will suffer from a loss of eyesight in one form or another. Prescription glasses can help most people to correct minor sight loss, but one thing is certain: driving at night does become more difficult, and more dangerous, with age. Which is another good reason to carry adequate auto insurance MD at all times.

Wildlife is a serious concern at night

Driving on dark country roads at night heightens the possibility of encountering wild animals. A motorist can often see the reflection of their headlights in an animal’s eyes long before they see the animal itself. A vehicle colliding with wildlife can be devastating; to the animal, the driver, and the vehicle. The best strategy when encountering large animals like deer is to slow down as quickly as possible. Trying to steer around a deer is problematic, because they often will follow lights and move in front of the car.

A dirty windshield may reduce vision

While a windshield may appear clean during the day, nighttime may reveal streaks that can cause glare in the evening. Using newspaper to polish glass can help to remove residue, but try not to touch the inside surfaces of the windshield, side windows, or mirrors with hands because the natural oil from skin will smear them, causing light to glare when it shines through any place where the glass was touched. Using cotton or microfiber cloth to properly clean is also helpful.

Dirty mirrors can also cause glare

Dirty mirrors reflect the lights from cars in a wider, diffused shape that can produce glare causing momentary blindness. Aim the exterior mirrors to avoid the path of lights reflected in them. This can be accomplished by aiming them downward just slightly. Drivers can still see cars behind them by tipping their head slightly forward, while keeping the other car’s headlights out of their eyes, thus preventing temporary blinding from their high beams. Switching the inside rear-view mirror to the “night” or “auto dim” setting will darken the mirror, which can also prevent glare.

To reduce the effects of eye fatigue at night while driving, eye doctors often recommend keeping the eyes moving, instead of focusing on one area. The American Optometric Association suggests checkups every three years for those under the age of forty, every two years until age sixty, and annually after that. Following these tips, and having an auto insurance policy in effect are the best way to provide the safety and security needed while driving at night.

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