In 2018, of the total 8,809 crash incidents recorded by Philippine traffic agencies,4,090 occurred at night. This means that even with less vehicles on the road, driving at night is inherently more dangerous than driving at any other time of the day.
Half of the solution is being an alert and educated driver, and the other half is having well-placed, well-maintained road implements. Look at these solutions to reduce nighttime road accidents.
Install reflective road markers
Using reflective road paint to indicate road markers is perhaps the most economical and most effective way to prevent road crashes at night. This solution effectively illuminates obstacles on the road such as guard railings, lamp posts, and pedestrian lanes, as well as longitudinal markers such as traffic lanes, stop and warning lines, and no passing zones.
What’s more, reflective paint works in harsh weather conditions too. Objects coated I this type of paint stay visible whenever a beam of light shines on them.
Enforce guided traffic schemes
If you’re neighborhood or vicinity is a hotspot for car crashes at night, then you might need to request the local government to implement stricter traffic rules or special traffic schemes past a certain hour.
Impose one-way schemes or no-entry zones in streets with insufficient street lamps or stricter speed limits so cars will proceed with greater caution.
Put up necessary road signage
To complement changes in traffic schemes, proper road signage should be erected so drivers are constantly reminded of them. These signs should also be reflective to more quickly catch a motorist’s attention.
Renovate the road’s structure
Roadway engineering- that is, the road’s shape and formation-can also contribute to preventing road accidents at night. For example, a road’s edge can be sloped better to help drifting vehicles reenter the road safely. Road curbs can also be curved more to diminish blind spots when entering and exiting a street at night.
Other roadway engineering solutions that local governments can implement include constructing pedestrian islands, rumble strips, and additional speed bumps to control a vehicle’s acceleration.
Put up more street lamps
It might be costly, but the benefits of adding more street lamps far outweigh the risks of a poorly-lit street. This is because street lamps do more than just illuminate road obstructions and pedestrians. By improving the ambient illumination on the road, night drivers experience less glare from vehicle headlights.
Moreover, the psychological assurance that the added illumination provides is also vital. A brighter neighborhood reduces the chances of crimes taking place, leading to people feeling safer in their cars and perhaps not in such a rush to get out of the area.
Request more police presence
When considering crime or road mishaps, one cannot overlook the contribution of increased police presence in an area. At night, authorities can also act as patrol guards or traffic aides to man checkpoints, remind drivers of traffic rules, catch and reprimand drunk drivers, and even respond to road accidents.
Even when driving at night, prevention is still the best cure. Double up on the necessary preparations, and ensure that you’re as alert and attentive as you can be.
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