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With daylight saving time comes an elevated accident risk

It's the time of the year that some people welcome and some people could do without: daylight saving time. Indeed, on Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m., we officially spring ahead, meaning darker mornings and brighter evenings.

While most of the discussion about daylight saving invariably centers on how miserable it can be to roll out of bed an hour earlier, it's important not to overlook the impact that it can have on road safety.

If you have a hard time believing it, consider that the National Safety Council has found that there is actually a six percent spike in car crashes on the Monday following daylight saving.

This naturally begs the question as to what, if anything, can be done to mitigate this elevated accident risk.

According to AAA, there are a few simple steps that motorists can take to help ensure that their spring forward goes smoothly:

  • While it's always tempting to stay up late over the weekend, experts advise not only getting a full night of sleep this weekend, but also making a point of getting up a half hour earlier on Saturday and Sunday in order to adjust your internal clock.
  • Put off getting behind the wheel if you don't sleep well and only get underway when you are truly well rested, as drowsy driving is incredibly dangerous
  • If you find yourself getting sleepy and you have a long trip ahead, consider pulling over somewhere safe to rest.
  • Prepare for the sun to be in your eyes at different times than you are perhaps accustomed to, meaning keep sunglasses in the car, use your visor and keep your windshield clear.

Here's hoping we see a safe Monday commute, and a safe spring and summer driving season.

If you been seriously injured in an accident caused the negligence of another, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and your ability to seek justice.

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