Daylight Savings Time is a practice that dates back to ancient civilizations, when daily schedules would be adjusted differently depending on the season. While California voted two years ago to make Daylight Savings permanent, thus ending the need to adjust clocks and wake-up times twice a year, the bill still needs to pass the Senate before it can become law.
Many Californians don’t support Daylight Savings, especially when it hits in spring, because it means losing an hour of sleep. Interrupted sleep patterns often lead to drowsy driving in the morning as a result, as individuals struggle to make their usual morning commute.
While drowsy driving seems less dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, both kinds of impaired driving have similar effects and can create dangers on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 100,000 police-reported crashes involve drowsy driving, which result in more than 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries.
When you’re driving after Daylight Savings, be aware of the following signs of fatigue that can lead to accidents:
- Trouble staying in your lane, or hitting rumble strips
- Heavy eyelids
- Difficult maintaining speed
- Slow reaction times
- Fidgeting in your seat
- Daydreaming or wandering thoughts
You should also exercise caution in situations that can increase drowsiness, such as driving alone, taking long drives, extended periods of heavy traffic, and driving down straight roads that offer little change in scenery.
Preventing Drowsy Driving
In order to stay alert this week and minimize your risk of causing a car accident, keep the following tips in mind before you get into your car:
- Plan ahead: If you’re going on a long trip, make sure to take another person with you to split driving shifts and keep you fully awake.
- Avoid medications that can cause drowsiness, whether they’re over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs.
- Don’t drink and drive: Even if you don’t drink enough to be impaired, alcohol consumption can still cause sleepiness and intensify your pre-existing fatigue.
- Don’t drive if you find that your tiredness is affecting your vision, judgment, or reaction time.
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