Magazine article USA TODAY

Driving at Night Proves Dangerous

Magazine article USA TODAY

Driving at Night Proves Dangerous

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Now that we have set the clocks back to standard time--at least until March 9, 2008--findings from a survey conducted by Kelton Research on behalf of Road & Travel Magazine raise concerns for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians about what people may not be seeing while driving in the dark. Some 32% of drivers say they have trouble seeing all or most of the time at night; 26%, signs or exits; and 20%, animals, pedestrians, and turns in the road. Twenty-two percent report difficulty in judging distance.

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"Driving in the dark is one of the most hazardous situations faced by a driver," observes Courtney Caldwell, founder and editor-in-chief of Road & Travel Magazine. "Roads with low or no lighting, glare from headlights, and fluctuations in vision are contributing factors to the disproportionately high rate of car accidents and fatalities that occur between dusk and dawn." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Safety Council cite the fatality rate at night (6 p. …

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