I don’t like driving in the dark. I’m not sure I ever really have. Highway driving in the dark isn’t too big of a deal; it’s the main road driving I’m not too fond of.
Here’s what I don’t like: lack of depth perception.
Have you ever tossed around a football in the evening and, as the night comes on and the sky darkens, the ball gets harder and harder to see? At one point it bashes you in the face because you didn’t get your hands up in time. You misjudged the ball’s location. Poor depth perception at night.
I have that same problem with driving. When I need to make a left-hand turn onto my street at night, I can never tell how far away the car is that’s coming straight toward me. Most of the time I end up waiting to turn. By the time the car goes by me, I could have turned two or three times.
Then you have the walkers and the bikers, the people who are supposed to be wearing something reflective but might not actually be. The can be coming at you, walking ahead of you, anything, and you can’t tell. It’s dark out. And guess who would get in trouble if you accidentally hit them.
I think I used to be one of those people. I never worried about wearing reflective markings. I could see if cars were coming or not, and I wasn’t about to let them hit me. How naive.
I’m sure you have some night driving stories or suggestions. Please share.