Night driving is more dangerous than daytime driving. You have reduced visibility, driver fatigue, a higher number of drunk drivers and many other factors that play into the equation. There are some people who avoid driving at night at all costs, essentially refusing to go out after dark.

If that’s your choice, fine, as your safety is paramount. But you should know that there are some ways to drive safely at night.

For instance, do whatever you can to help your vision. Dim the dash lights and keep interior lights off. Don’t leave your house and begin driving immediately. Instead, take a minute or two to let your eyes adjust before you start driving.

If you still feel nervous, do not be afraid to reduce your speed. A big issue at night is that people overdrive their headlights. They don’t have much reaction time when things go wrong. By simply slowing down, you extend your reaction time significantly.

You also should be alert to warning signs that you may be too tired to drive. Your body naturally wants to sleep after dark, and the hum of the road can lull you to sleep. If you feel yourself getting distracted or closing your eyes for longer than a blink, do not hesitate to pull over. Most people attempt to keep going, not realizing that drowsy driving is very dangerous and is in many ways very similar to drunk driving.

If you use all of these safety tips and you still get injured in an accident caused by another driver, you may be able to seek out financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.