Time change increases risk?

It's not the first thought you might have - that time changes increase the risk of a car accident.

It is true that the time change can effect your sleep patterns. Many people feel a certain grogginess as they try to adjust to the new time change. In the Spring this ties in with increased daylight and warmer temperatures. You might find that there are more people walking to work or riding their bicycles.

In the late fall the shortening of the day causes an increased risk of a car crash because accidents are more likely to happen in the dark and you have lost that extra afternoon daylight.

The actuaries show an increase in car accidents of more then 20% from the Monday before the time change to the Monday following the change.

What can you do to help reduce your risk of accident?

  • Allow for a little more travel time to and from work for the week following Daylight Savings Time change.
  • Slow down a bit and give the driver in front of you a bit more of a space cushion. He could be tired and not as alert as you would want.
  • Get a bit more sleep and try to get some exercise during the day. A hot shower before bedtime with a glass of warm milk might help you to nod off a bit earlier.
  • Keep your headlights on at all times. This will ensure that the pedestrians, bicyclists and other vehicles can readily see you.
  • Keep your maintenance up on the vehicle. Do a quick walk-around the vehicle to be sure that all is in order and tires are well inflated.

Your risk management techniques will help ensure that you get to work safely and survive to enjoy the day!