Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. With it comes the unofficial start to spring and one hour of less sleep as clocks move forward at 2 a.m.
The first week of Daylight Saving Time can be dangerous because of the changes to sleeping patterns. Prepare for the time change by going to bed earlier in the days leading up to Daylight Saving Time. Drowsy driving contributed to an estimated 91,000 police-reported crashes in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These crashes led to an estimated 50,000 injuries and nearly 800 deaths. Experts suggest getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night, according to NHTSA.
With the additional daylight hours, expect to see more children and adults spending time outside, walking, cycling and jogging. With more people out and about, drivers need to be extra alert and watch for people walking and cycling.
Here are some additional safety tips for Daylight Saving Time:
Safety Tips for People Driving
- The time change can mean you’re driving in sun glare. Make sure your windows are clean and be extra alert for fellow motorists and people walking or cycling.
- Expect more children and adults to be outside. Slow down and help make the streets safer for everyone.
- Stop for people in crosswalks and those crossing at intersections, it’s the law in New Jersey. And do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
- Avoid distractions when you’re behind the wheel — Heads Up, Phones Down.
Safety Tips for People Walking
- Use Crosswalks. When no crosswalks are present, cross from corner to corner. Do not cross between parked vehicles.
- Wait for the walk. If there is no traffic signal, make sure it’s clear to cross. Look left, right and then left again before crossing.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk against traffic so you can see approaching vehicles.
- Avoid distractions — Heads Up, Phones Down. If you’re looking at your phone you may not see a car approaching.