Daylight Saving Time is confusing every year. It is hard to keep track of when to switch our clocks, and whether to move them an hour ahead or behind. As much of an inconvenience as Daylight Saving Time can feel, can it make driving more dangerous?
During the spring and summer months, most accidents happen between eight at night and midnight. In the fall, the hours change to four in the afternoon until eight at night. What exactly causes this change?
Earlier sunset times
Because daylight ends sooner with each day in the fall, it can result in unexpected consequences like:
- The dimmed vision of your dashboard
- More people turning their headlights on sooner
- Struggle to adjust to night vision
- The lower angle of the sun can get in your eyes
These are only a few ways that the sun can affect drivers that many people do not consider.
Long workdays can exhaust drivers before they commute home during rush hour. Normally, the bright day does a lot to help keep drivers awake. But when the sun sets sooner, it gets darker, and people are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel. Even drowsy driving can reduce a person’s reaction times to the road, and make them unaware of their surroundings.
People eager to get home from work mixed with increased traffic during the roadway results in more accidents. Watch out for drivers not using turn signals, slamming on the brakes, and failing to stay in their lane.
Pay extra attention to the roads
There are many new threats to drivers during the fall season. The sun setting sooner and sooner each day can magnify the fatigue that drivers face, and paired with rush hour’s common threats make the commute during the fall much more dangerous. Keep vigilant against any potential risks to yourself to help stay safe on the roads.