Burnaby, British Columbia – Switching the clocks to daylight savings time this Sunday means that drivers need to be extra cautious, warns the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA). A spike in road risk often accompanies the seasonal change, with B.C. recording 23 per cent more crashes on the Monday following the time change than on the Monday before.
Sleep-related collisions are very common, and time changes reflect a change in social clocks, not biological ones. Studies show that our circadian rhythms, or “body clocks,” don’t adjust to these changes naturally, and fatigue impairs the brain functions as much as alcohol does.
The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation recommends the following:
– Avoid caffeine or other substances to “wake you up.” Once it wears off, you may feel even more fatigued.
– Drive with your headlights on during the darker morning commute for better visibility.
– Be aware of more people walking in the evenings to take advantage of the extra daylight, especially in residential areas.