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Daylight Savings Time Brings New Driving Dangers

For the states that practice Daylight Savings Time (DST), it is nearly time to spring forward again! On Sunday, March 13th, 2022 at 2:00 AM, you will need to set your clocks ahead one hour. This means that you will “time travel” from 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM in an instant.

While pseudo-time travel might sound pretty fun, it can actually be pretty problematic. Indeed, this sudden change in time can be related to a higher risk of car accidents that morning and in the days that follow.

Four driving concerns that happen due to the springtime DST change are:

  • Tired drivers: The worst part of Daylight Savings Time in the spring is that everyone in participating states – only Hawaii and Arizona do not follow DST – loses an hour of sleep. If you go to sleep at midnight and need to wake up at 6:00 AM, then you might think you are going to get six hours of sleep, for example. But, on this particular night of the year, you will only get five hours because of the one-hour jump at 2:00 AM. As many people are caught off-guard by the sudden loss of one hour of sleep, which, as we all know, can be very crucial, you can expect to see more tired drivers on the road than usual. A tired driver is an unsafe driver.
  • Hasty drivers: If the sudden time change does not cause a motorist to lose precious sleep, then it can still cause them to lose track of their obligations. Specifically, many people who have to work the morning of March 13th, 2022, will likely be shocked to find that they are late for work or are about to be. To try to save face and their jobs, many of these drivers will probably hit the road in a frenzy. Haste makes waste, and driving situations are no exception. A driver who is speeding to try to get to work or another responsibility on time is far more likely to lose control and cause a bad crash.
  • Changed traffic patterns: Even in communities that are well prepared for the upcoming time change, there will be traffic issues in the hours and days following Daylight Savings. As people adjust to the time change, they will end up on the road at different hours than they normally are. Some people might even begin new morning routines specifically due to the time change. Overall, it means you should be prepared to see more or different traffic on your morning route for a while, so you should remain vigilant of any negligent drivers that could be out there.
  • Sun glare: Perhaps the most dangerous issue with Daylight Savings Time change is the sun. People who are used to never needing to worry about driving toward the sun and being blinded by its glare might suddenly be faced with this very real and dangerous problem. To be safe and prepared, you should keep a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle. You can also try to plan your route away from any road that faces the east without coverage because such a street will put you directly in front of the sun’s rays.

From all of us at Carter Mario Law Firm in Connecticut, a state that practices DST, we hope this blog will help you prepare for the worst that Daylight Savings Time can throw at you when you’re driving. Please drive safely, defensively, and responsibly, and the time change should not be much of an issue for you. We invite you to share this blog with your friends and family, too, so they know the time change is coming up and can prepare for it. Also, if you’re hit by a tired or reckless driver in Connecticut, then please remember that we have your back. Just call (203) 806-9256 when you need us.