The Impact of Daylight Saving Time on Car Crashes

The Impact of Daylight Saving Time on Car Crashes

According to the FARS (Fatal Accident Report System), the increase in car [accidents] crashes is as much as 17% following Daylight Saving Time. That’s not all, the American College of Cardiology found there’s also a 25% increase in heart attacks.  The U.S. Department of Labor reports a 6% increase in workplace accidents.

Dr David Samadi sits down with the Fox News team to discuss some tips on how to survive the switch to Daylight Saving Time.

Here in Canada, British Columbia to be more precise, ICBC (public insurance agency) is also warning drivers to take extra care following the time change. News 1130 reports that ‘Disrupted sleep means that many people will be tired behind the wheel.’

They go on to say that according to Leslie Dickson, ICBC, “Often a real danger can be that people often believe they don’t feel tired or aren’t tired or fatigued, so they are not keeping aware of that when they’re getting on the road on Monday morning. You may feel fine but your circadian rhythm has been significantly disrupted which can affect your alertness while driving. The change in our sleep cycle can cause unique dangers on our road and impact our driving skills.”

sundialOther than my personal recommendation to do away with the semi-annual time change responsible for all this disruption and mayhem, here are tips to manage the effects while it’s still in place:

  • Go to bed earlier and ensure that you are relaxing at least an hour before you go to bed.
  • Be aware of how your body reacts to the time change and adjust choices accordingly.
  • If need be, get to work a little later in order to focus on driving more safely…better late than never as the saying goes.
  • Do not use electronic devices once in bed.
  • As soon as you wake up, step outside for a few minutes in order to allow natural daylight to help trigger your mind and body that it’s time to be awake.

How do you manage Daylight Saving Time?

Do you think it’s time to do away with it?

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