Fall driving brings additional hazards

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  • By Kimberly Goldsberry, 75th Air Base Wing Safety

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Considering how hot it has been this summer, it’s hard to think of fall approaching, but in a short time we will be driving in more dangerous conditions.

Daylight is becoming less, resulting in many of us driving to work in the dark. Driving during dark hours is more hazardous due to an increased driver reaction time.

Inclement weather during dark hours can cause road glare resulting in essential blindness for up to 75 feet in front of your car. Vision adjustment for road glare can take up to 30 minutes.

Age plays a part in how easily the eyes adjust. The older you are, the harder it is to adjust to sudden light changes.

It’s best to slow down and try to guide your car using peripheral vision in these hazardous situations. Ultimately, just slow down.

We recommend prepping your car for night and early morning driving by keeping your headlights, taillights and signal lights clean for increased visibility.

When following another vehicle, keep your headlights on low beams to avoid blinding the driver ahead of you, and dim your lights when an oncoming car approaches.

Reducing your speed and increasing your following distances is extremely important since it is harder to judge other vehicle’s speed when it’s dark.

Considering these tips can help you safely drive through the fall season.