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Be careful during DST, As It May Contribute To Auto Accidents

The twice-annual time change in the United States has caused many grievances, so much so that the Senate recently passed legislation making Daylight Savings Time permanent. Supporters had many reasons to back this bill (expected to be voted on by the House in the next legislative season), primarily focusing on the impact of these time changes on safety.

Every year, there is a direct correlation between the “spring forward” time change and increased car accidents. A recent study found that this shift contributes to a 6% increase in traffic fatality risk each year. One of the biggest reasons for this increased risk is the impact of daylight saving time (DST) on driver fatigue.

DST and Its Impact on Driver Fatigue

When we “spring forward” and lose an hour of sleep, it can take a few days for our bodies to adjust to the new schedule. This can result in drowsy driving, a major contributor to car accidents. Drowsy driving is responsible for about 100,000 crashes each year, resulting in 50,000 injuries and 800 deaths.

There are a few other factors that contribute to the increased car accident risk during Daylight Savings Time. The change in daylight hours can also disrupt our natural body clocks or circadian rhythms, leading to problems with focus and concentration while driving. DST can be especially disruptive for people who already have difficulty regulating their sleep schedule (such as shift workers).

Staying Safe on the Road After a Time Change

So, what can you do to stay safe on the roads following a time change? First, ensure you get enough sleep in the days leading up to it. If you’re tired, take a break from driving or switch drivers if possible. It’s also important to be extra vigilant in the first few days after the time change when everyone is still adjusting to the new schedule. Finally, it is important to watch for other drivers experiencing fatigue. If you see someone driving erratically, give them a wide berth and report it to authorities if necessary.

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