You're in the drivers seat and the track is just ahead of you on the television screen. Your car is permanently fixed at the bottom of the screen. All you have to do is accelerate and steer the car through one of the four tracks. Each time you veer off the track and hit one of the pylons or hit an oncoming car, a simulated crash scene will appear on the screen.
--From the Atari 2600 Night Driver instruction manual.