Are you aware that driving just got safer? It did. Once Daylight Saving Time recently went back into effect, your evening commute became considerably less dangerous than it was during the winter months when evening arrived as early as 5 p.m.
Per the National Safety Council, nighttime represents the most dangerous time for you to be on the road. Why? Because driving in the dark makes you and all the other drivers sleepy. In addition, you can only see about 250 feet ahead of you when you drive with your low beams on. Even your high beams provide you with only about 500 feet of forward visibility.
Weekend nighttime driving
You increase your risk of suffering serious injuries in a car crash when you must drive between midnight and 2 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday. More people go out to bars and restaurants on Friday and Saturday nights than during the week, and most restaurants and bars start closing around midnight. Unfortunately, you consequently almost inevitably have far more likelihood of sharing the road with people who decided to drive home even though they spent the evening drinking.
Very early morning driving
Regardless of the day of the week, the NSC reports that the most dangerous time to drive is between 4-6 a.m. Not only must you drive in the dark, more people get drowsy or even fall asleep at the wheel during these two hours than they do at any other time. Therefore, unless you face an emergency situation, your best interests dictate that you stay off the roads during these hours.