Monday, March 7, 2022

Clocks Spring Ahead for Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, marking the unofficial start to spring.

Losing an hour of sleep may not seem like a big deal, but changes to sleeping patterns can be dangerous and even deadly. Drowsy driving contributed to an estimated 697 fatalities nationwide in 2019 and causes an estimated 50,000 injuries annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

About 1 in 25 adults report having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Drowsy driving is dangerous even if the driver doesn't fall asleep because sleep deprivation can cuase mental impairment similar to drunkeness, according to the Sleep Foundation.

You can help prevent drowsy driving-related crashes by preparing for the time change early. Going to bed early for a few days before Daylight Saving Time begins will help your body adjust. Seven hours of sleep is good, but at least eight hours is ideal.

Being a safe driver is another simple step that can help avoid crashes, injuries and fatalities. More daylight hours means more people out walking, biking and jogging. This means drivers need to be extra alert, avoid distractions and slow down for safety.

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