Last weekend saw most of the country’s clocks “spring forward” for daylight saving time, but those extra hours of sunlight didn’t come without risks.
According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal crashes increased by 17 percent on the Monday following the time change. Researchers at the University of Colorado also found that those crashes continue their uptick throughout the week, increasing by 6.3 percent above normal.
As you continue to adjust to the time change this week, keep in mind these driving safety tips from AAA:
- Watch for pedestrians when backing up in parking lots or driveways. The darker morning hours can make these individuals harder to see!
- Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.
- Increase your following distance, especially if you are traveling into the sun. Those bright rays can make it hard to see what the car ahead of you is doing!
- Watch for children and others who are outdoors in the lighter evening hours.
- Always yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks and never pass a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk.
And remember to buckle up! Every trip. Every time.