Three Safety Checks To Perform As The Days Get Shorter

August 10, 2022
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It is sad to say that we are nearing the end of the summer season and that means shorter days and more darkness is on the horizon.  Driving at night will now become a thing that most of us do as we commute from work and are heading out in the darkness to after school and after work activities.  Night time can be a time of day when, if your car is not properly cared for you can run into situations that could lead to a New Haven auto accident and cause and injury or worse.

As the amount of daylight in our days shrinks, it is important to take some steps to make sure that your car is ready for the upcoming changes.  If you’re not prepared you could find yourself driving in less than optimal conditions and that could present trouble for you and your passengers as you try to go about normal, everyday activities.

The most important thing you can do is be proactive in taking care of your car and making sure that there are a number of different safety checks you perform before heading out onto the road at night.  Before you get into your car the next time, you should perform these safety checks to make sure your car is ready for the road ahead.

1.) Check your headlights.  You will likely need to employ a partner in this so you can do a safety check on your headlights and make sure they are both functioning properly.  You may also want to clean the headlights to make sure that they are free from debris that may be impacting the effectiveness that they bring to your vehicle.  You will want to make sure you have headlights that are functioning properly and are at the brightest they can possibly be as you head out for driving at night.

2.) Checking blinkers.  Blinkers are an essential safety tool for any driver whether driving at night,  but as the days get shorter it is the perfect time to make sure that these blinkers are working to perfection.  Again, you may need to employ a partner to help you determine whether or not your blinkers are working well, but if you can check her/his blinkers for them and they can return the favor you’ll be keeping each other safe in the long run.

3.) Brake lights.  Similarly to blinkers, your brake lights are an essential piece of safety equipment that when malfunctioning could lead to an accident and an injury.  When they are functioning properly you will be positioning yourself in a much safer way when on the road at night.

Whether you plan to do a lot of driving at night or not, you may find yourself traveling when it is dark out from time to time and performing these safety checks will help keep you safe from a New Haven auto accident.  Taking the fifteen minutes or so to perform these safety checks will go a long way in keeping you and your passengers safe when out driving during the fall and winter months.

If you do these safety checks and still end up in an accident and injured, you may need to speak with an attorney.  Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will speak with you about the details of your situation.  Our attorneys will work with you and aim to protect your long-term interests.