Spring Forward May Mean Drowsy Drivers
Posted on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at 5:34 pm
Did you know that even small changes in a person’s schedule may cause you to be less wakeful when driving? I learn something new every day in my law practice and this week I learned about the increases in auto accidents after time changes in the spring and the fall. Springing forward and falling back means there will be more drowsy drivers on the road for a few weeks. At least according to the article below, so be careful!
In this WTVA article, the author discusses findings by a Texas A&M Research Team that found “there is a 7% increase in traffic accidents in the week after Daylight Saving Time. It also found that morning traffic accidents spike 14 percent in the week after we fall back or spring forward.”
The article goes on to discuss local accident statistics that seem to disagree with the research. Regardless, we hope you will keep this information in mind over the next few weeks so you can be on the lookout for sleepy drivers and keep from causing an car wreck yourself.
Please Drive Safely!