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Daylight Savings Time adds increased risk to drivers

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2022 | Catastrophic Injuries

The governing idea behind daylight savings time involves maximizing sunlight during the daytime for part of the year. However, not everyone is a fan of daylight savings time, and some Alabama drivers may worry about the added risks of the evening arriving earlier. Instead of receiving more light during working hours, commuters see less light for the drive home.

And less light could mean less safety.

DST driving dangers

The United Kingdom starts daylight savings time earlier than the United States, and reports out of the UK prove worrisome. Tesco Bank Motor Insurance performed a study of road accidents in 2021 after the clocks went back. The study shows traffic accidents increased by 22%.

Driving in the dark could come with more hazards during daylight hours. Reduced visibility might make it harder to see obstructions in the road or other drivers. Take that as a reason why it could be wise to have a vehicle’s lights inspected before daylight savings time arrives. A collision may result if a car’s lights don’t illuminate the vehicle or allow the driver to see what is ahead.

Accidents and catastrophes

Catastrophic auto accidents (including pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle) may result when vehicles collide on a poorly lit road. The risks might increase when one driver operates a car recklessly.

Drivers traveling at night may feel fatigued. Not driving when tired is best since a fatigued driver might not be alert enough to avoid crashes. This point also applies to distracted drivers who may be unaware of their surroundings. Remember, pedestrians and bicyclists become harder to see at night. The same is true for motorcycles and other cars.

Daylight savings time comes with added concerns for drivers. Taking cautious measures when driving at night could help prevent accidents.