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How does daylight savings affect drivers?

The time change in springtime can bring longer days and more sunlight for California residents, but it can also mean more dangerous road conditions. Time.com reports on the reasons why this controversial program may not be best for driver and pedestrian safety and what you need to be prepared for when that fateful Sunday morning rolls around.

 

First of all, having more sunshine on your evening commute can be mood-lifting, but it is not likely to compensate for the effects of losing an hour of sleep. Most people have a hard time immediately switching to an earlier bedtime, but you most likely do not have a boss who will allow you to stay home from work while you adjust. This means that you and other drivers may be forced to get behind the wheel at a time when you may normally still be asleep. The increase in drowsy drivers on the road makes traveling more dangerous for everyone.

 

Second, a later sunset also means a later sunrise, which means drivers are getting out on the road when visibility is lowest. This is not only dangerous for drivers, but also for pedestrians. Darker morning hours means children will be less visible as they are traveling to school. Lighter evening times mean more kids will be outside playing and in danger of being struck by a vehicle.

 

While there are plenty of advocates on either side of the debate, the fact remains that daylight saving time can lead to increased car accidents and more deadly travel. By being aware of the dangers and making necessary changes ahead of time, you can be better prepared for safe traveling this spring. This information is not intended as legal advice.

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