27 October, 2023
Every November, clocks are set back an hour as the United States switches from Daylight Savings Time back to standard time. Although many enjoy the extra hour of sleep obtained from “falling back,” this change in time may increase the risk of car accidents.
Studies have shown driving at night is more dangerous than driving during the day. When daylight savings time ends in November, we lose an hour of afternoon sunlight, and more drivers are commuting home in the dark each day. Driving in the dark can increase the risk of car accidents due to a variety of factors including:
The abrupt change in daylight leaves people little time to adapt at the end of daylight savings. Drivers may not be used to the darkness, which can lead to an increased accident rate.
Driving in the dark can be dangerous, especially when your body hasn’t fully adjusted to the time change yet. The following safety tips can help ensure safety when driving in the dark:
Practicing caution and adapting your driving habits to the nighttime conditions can help decrease the risk of an accident occurring. On average, it takes about a week for most people to adjust to the time change. In the week following the end of Daylight Savings time, it is important to be extra cautious and extra careful on the road.
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