Ask a group of friends, family members, or coworkers about their night vision and comfort level of driving at night. The answers may surprise you. According to the National Safety Council, 90% of a driver’s reaction depends upon vision. And, since vision is restricted at night by reduced depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision, driving during this time presents a variety of challenges for those on the road. It’s no wonder that 40% of people, by the age of 40 feel uneasy while night driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities on the road occur three times more often at night than during the day even though only a quarter of all driving is done at night. In low-light conditions, your depth perception, ability to distinguish color and contrast as well as peripheral vision all worsen. Add to that glare issues and light sensitivity due to on-coming drivers’ bright headlights and it’s understandable why many people scale back on their night time activities or forgo them all together.