Most of the times, it is impossible to avoid driving home late at night. You could be working two jobs, and the second one ends at around 10 P.M. at night. You have no option, but to drive home at that time. It could also be that you are from a busy working day that made you extend your working hours.
However, this does not mean that it is the best time to drive. If you have some eye problems whereby you are seeking eye care from an optometrist, you should be more concerned about driving home late at night. Despite the fact that you are using the best glasses or contacts, or had the best optometrist conduct a successful LASIK procedure on your eyes, driving late at night is still risky.
The Dangers of Night Driving
When you are fatigued due to prolonged tiredness, your brain registers that anytime is a good time to rest. Now that you are driving in the dark, there is no much light hitting your eyes to remind you that it is day time. Therefore, you are likely to get drowsy while driving.
The micro-sleeping, which takes place between second fractions and 30 seconds, could lead to an accident.
Driving late at night is different from day time; the road is open and there is some sort of glorious emptiness. It calls you to take some risks to get home faster especially when you just acquired a new pair of glasses or set of contacts from your optometrist.
However, the road also has other drivers who could be drunk, high or tired. If you take risks and they take risks too, you will be creating a recipe for disaster.
- It’s dark
When driving at night you can hardly see beyond what your headlights show you. So it is best to stay alert and not over speed, just in case you may need to pump breaks without causing an accident.
Driving When Your Eyes Are Tired
A long day in the office looking at the computer makes your eyes tired, and yet you still need them while driving in the dark. For safety, you need to learn how to drive home in the dark regardless of your tired eyes.
Here are some helpful tips;
- Ensure to blink often and take breaks, especially if traveling a long distance
- Drive with your windows open to allow some air circulation, since too much warmth encourages drowsiness
- Ensure that you have updated contacts or glasses prescription
- You can stop every two hours
- Take a nap some distance away from the road if your eyes are too tired.
- Avoid speeding because your reaction time is slow when working with tired eyes.
In conclusion, driving at night has risks despite that it is unavoidable. Ensure that you are wearing updated contacts or glasses to help your tired eyes if you have eyesight issues and did not qualified for LASIK.