Driving at night

Dark road at night
Image by Marcel Oosterwijk

Driving at night is difficult for me. As a result, I do very little night-time driving and almost never pick up passengers after the sun has gone down. I know for a fact I would not enjoy living in a part of the world where there is no sunlight at all for part of the year. I marvel at those who can and do, like when I watch a show on Hulu about people who live in Alaska. (Life Below Zero)

These are some of the issues involved in my decision to stay off the road at night:

  1. My night vision is poor
  2. I get migraine headaches from red light, which affects me intensely once the sun goes down and tail-lights are on
  3. My windows are tinted, which further reduces night-time visibility, but it’s a MUST in the hot and bright south Florida daytime (I wish I could have polarized glass windows!)
  4. People in dark clothing and animals seemingly come out of nowhere at night, which does not occur very often in the daytime by comparison because in the daytime visibility is much better
  5. When it rains and everything gets all shiny, it becomes extremely difficult to distinguish where the edges of roads are etc. and here in south Florida it’s far too easy to end up in a canal

As a rideshare driver, there are also other reasons to stay home at night. Crime is more common at night, and this ranges from the theft of your tip money to assaults and worse. Furthermore, at night you are more likely to encounter drunks – who may be difficult and belligerent, or worse: puke in your car. No thanks!

On the other hand, there are some distinct advantages to driving at night, so I do wish I could get out there and enjoy it. When I did engage in after-hours ridesharing, most of my passengers were people taking red-eye flights or cooks and bartenders trying to get home from work after their shift ended at 2 or 3 a.m.

The BEST thing about night-time driving is that there are fewer cars on the road. I used to LOVE to drive at 3 a.m. for that reason: you own the road – until the “fast and furious” types go by, and down here they DO, with their neon light kits under the cars. They’re for real, y’all.

Do you drive at night? Tell me about it in the comments below!