Even though we are promised an extra hour of sleep this weekend, the time change early Sunday morning as Daylight Saving comes to an end can actually disrupt sleep patterns, increasing the number of drowsy drivers on our roads in the days that follow.
Making matters worse, come Monday, there will be greater sun glare during the morning commute and greater darkness at night, reducing visibility for drivers during the evening commute as well.
“The darkness and drowsiness drivers will experience with the clock change represents a double dose of danger,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “And, the increased risk is not just for motorists, but bicyclists and pedestrians as well”.
Statistics on Sleep Deprivation and Driving Risk
Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to a December 2016 report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
One in five fatal accidents in the U.S. are the result of drowsy driving.
Sleep-deprived drivers cause more than 6,400 deaths and 50,000 debilitating injuries on American roadways each year, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).
AAA offers the following Tips for Drivers during the adjustment period:
AAA Offers these Tips for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
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