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What is disability glare, and can it lead to a wreck?

There is a plethora of risk factors that can lead to a car wreck, such as the use of drugs or alcohol, using a smartphone while driving and going over the speed limit. Driving during the night can be particularly dangerous and some drivers may not realize that certain aspects of nighttime driving, such as using headlights, can increase the probability of a motor vehicle wreck.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has covered many different topics related to motor vehicle accident risks, including disability glare and the different ways in which this poses a threat with respect to road safety. The glare from headlights can cause light to scatter in a driver’s eyes, leading to less contrast with regard to objects on the road. This is known as disability glare and it can become more intense when lights are brighter and closer.

There are various ways in which disability glare can cause a crash. The NHTSA states that disability glare can have an adverse impact on a driver’s reaction time, reduce their visibility distance and take some time for their eyes to recover. Moreover, bright headlights can even cause pain in a driver’s eyes and cause them to become distracted.

Aside from disability glare, there are other risks associated with driving during the nighttime hours, such as drunk drivers and fatigue due to waking up very early or staying up too late. It is important to be aware of these risk factors and focus on safe driving at all times.

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