This article recalls that the risk of accidents is four times as great during the night. It was observed that the majority of night accidents occurred outside urban areas and away from junctions. The main contributing factors to accidents are analyzed: fatigue, glare, reduction of the visual field, blood alcohol content, tobacco, absorption of medicines (tranquilizers or excitants); technical factors are also important: dirty windscreens, dirty headlamps, dirty reflecting devices, etc. The psychological point of view was also examined, and it was observed that the risk of accident at night was more closely linked to the behaviour of the driver during the night than during the day. Figures are quoted for night accidents in 1974. A table shows the distribution of fatalities during the day and the night per category of road user. Recommendations are put forward concerning driver behaviour during night driving, vehicle equipment, and type of food to eat when driving at night. /TRRL/

  • Publication Date: 1976-10


  • French

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  • Accession Number: 00184007
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM