When Daylight Saving Time ends for 2017 – that’s Sunday, Nov. 5 – many people will find themselves spending more time driving in the dark.
Driver fatigue or drowsiness and compromised vision from headlight glare can make driving at night more dangerous than other times of the day.
Recently, there have been reports of a steep increase in car crashes in the UK that occurred after Daylight Saving. In fact, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that more than one in five fatal crashes involve driver fatigue on U.S. roadways each year.
To prevent driving drowsy in the dark, AAA suggests:
- Get plenty of sleep at night (at least 7 hours)
- Avoid heavy foods before getting behind the wheel
- Remember, naps aren’t just for babies. Take a short nap (30 minutes or less) after a long day before hitting the road.
To avoid compromised vision while driving in the dark, AAA suggests:
- Adjust your speed to the reach of your headlights. Do not “overdrive” your headlights by driving at a speed that prevents you from stopping for obstacles in the road.
- Protect your eyes from the glare of headlights/high beams by looking to the center of your pathway and using the painted edge lines to guide your vehicle.
- Watch for sudden flashes of light at hilltops, around curves or at intersections that can indicate the presence of oncoming vehicles.