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End of Daylight Saving Means Beginning of Roadway Dangers
Posted on 11/11/2013 by Adrienne Sallerson | 0 Comments
What comes to mind when you think about the end of daylight saving time? It’s probably that extra hour of sleep that you get to enjoy, right? Well, there is a “darker” side to the end of daylight saving time that many are not aware of. With longer, darker nights ahead, the roadways will become more dangerous.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), traffic fatalities are 3 times greater at night than during the day. Darker roads mean less visibility, which can increase the risk for car accidents. And since darkness signals a natural inclination for sleep, early nightfall can lead to more instances of drowsy driving. Here are a few tips from the NSC to ensure safe driving during the evening hours:
- Make sure to prepare your vehicle for night driving. Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows at least once a week.
- Reduce your speed and increase your following distances as it becomes harder to determine other vehicle’s speeds and distances at night.
- When traveling for hours at a time during the night, it’s important to make frequent stops for light snacks and exercise to reduce drowsy driving.
- If you experience car trouble, try to pull off the roadway as far as possible as visibility will be limited for other motorists.
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