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Driving at Night the Pros and Cons

30 Jun Blog | Comments

Everyone has their own opinions about things and it is no different when it comes to driving at night. Some people believe it is the only way to travel, when going long distances. Others believe it is more dangerous to travel at night. If you are one of those folks out there that is either on the fence or really doesn’t have an opinion keep reading.

As with any debate there are two sides:

The Pros to Driving at Night:

  • Less Traffic – There is always going to be more traffic during the day, especially in the mornings 6:30am – 8:30am, and the evenings 4:30pm – 6:30pm, due to rush hour. People are out and about running to doctor’s appointments, getting children to and from school, grocery shopping, and other miscellaneous errands. As the sun sets people go home, have dinner, get homework done and eventually go to sleep. So it only makes sense that there will be less traffic to deal with at 2am. There are also less traffic jams to contend with at night.
  • Less Busy at Stops – When you do stop to eat, use the restroom or to get gas there will be less people at those places. You will be able to get your stop completed more efficiently getting you back on the road faster, which means you will arrive at your destination more quickly.
  • Relaxing – Driving at night allows a person to be a bit more relaxed at the wheel. There isn’t as much traffic to deal with so you can sit back and just drive.

The Cons to Driving at Night:

  • Easily Seen by Police – Due to the fact that there is a lot less traffic at night it is much easier for a police officer to spot and catch speeders.
  • Hard to See Animals – Driving at night makes it much harder to see animals at night. You would need to be extra cautious in wooded areas. Animals are fast and unpredictable making it hard to avoid hitting them in general, but add in the nighttime and it will be even more difficult.
  • Less Stops are Open – While driving at night one issue some folks run into is places that are not open. You will want to make sure you plan with that in mind. Try to time your stops in areas that are more populated and may have places that are open 24 hours.
  • Get Lost – Even with all our technology people who drive at night tend to get lost more easily. It is dark out, making it hard to read street signs and sometimes that results in a person getting lost.

Driving at night has pros and cons, but so does driving during the day. The best way to decide is to figure out what type of driver you are. If you like to stop often and want those places to be open you should probably drive during the day If you are the type of driver that likes to sit back and relax you may want to consider driving at night. Neither way is the “best” way for everyone.


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