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Author's Note: 5 Tips for Driving Safely at Night
I'm not sure why, but it shocked me just a bit in my research to learn that automobile accidents kill more than 40,000 people per year in the United States alone. That's a death toll equivalent to 14 September 11-scale terrorist attacks each year. A disproportionate number of these accidents happen at night, either because people have to work, or because that's the only time they have left to be social outside of work. I love the notion of freedom on the open road -- but I've had to re-consider whether it's such a bad idea to have at least some level of self-driving capability in cars -- an idea I once abhorred. One could argue that it would be the ultimate overreach into drivers' personal freedoms. On the other hand, such technology could save lots of lives by removing the error-prone human factor in driving -- especially at night. Think of it as everyone having an opportunity to be chauffeured when they're too tired to drive. Until that technology and its legal implications get sorted out, we can take the preceding five night-driving tips in this article to heart -- for our own safety, that of our passengers and our fellow motorists.
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