Daylight Savings Driving
Daylight Saving Time and Driving Safety

Does anyone really like Daylight Saving Time? Besides the fact that parents everywhere hate it for messing with their kids’ schedules (not to mention losing an hour of their own sleep!), it’s responsible for many perplexing health-related issues as well. A 2016 study found that the overall rate for stroke was 8% higher in the two days after daylight saving time – 25% more likely with cancer victims, and 20% more likely with people over 65 (source).

Besides the alarming medical-related issues, daylight saving time also has a negative effect on driving safety. One hour’s change may seem like a minor disruption in our sleep cycles, but measurable changes in sleep pattern persist for up to five days after each time shift. This leads to the prediction that the spring shift, involving a loss of an hour’s sleep, might lead to an increased number of “microsleeps,” or lapses of attention, during daily activities and thus might cause an increase in the probability of traffic accidents. The additional hour of sleep gained in the fall might then lead conversely to a reduction in accident rates (source).

With the “spring forward” time change upon us, it’s a good time to review some basic driving safety tips.

Fight Fatigue
This might be the most important point to keep in mind. Don’t underestimate your level of fatigue. Make sure you get plenty of sleep – seven to nine hours a night – before getting behind the wheel, especially for long trips. If you feel drowsy while driving, don’t hesitate to pull over to the side of the road or a rest stop to get some shut eye or gather your bearings.

Watch for Work Zones
Pay attention to your surroundings and be on the lookout for orange traffic cones and signs indicating a work zone. Reduce your speed limit to the posted work zone speed, and watch for workers on the roadside.
Check Your Blind Spots
Check and double-check your blind spots before switching lanes, and always use your turn signal. Driving basics, but even a quick lapse in the fundamentals can cost you!
Slow Down
The majority of accidents are caused by a combination of speed and distraction. When behind the wheel, obey the posted speed limit and turn off your cell phone or put it away where you won’t be tempted to text while driving.
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