Vancouver, British Columbia – Drivers need to plan for daylight savings time, which can have an effect on driving skills, warns the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).
“Studies show that the end of daylight savings time can have an impact on the quality of our sleep due to more nighttime restlessness,” said Dr. John Vavrik, a psychologist with ICBC. “The transition out of DST puts us out of sync with our circadian rhythm and this can pose some dangers on our roads.”
The biggest impacts can be poor concentration, lack of alertness behind the wheel and reaction time to potential hazards. “Part of the problem can be that we anticipate getting an extra hour of sleep on this night, but we fail to adapt properly because we overcompensate,” Vavrik said. “We stay out longer, drive home later, so we actually end up more tired and less alert, particularly at the end of the days following the change when there is suddenly less light.”
ICBC recommends planning for extra rest, maintaining regular sleep habits, exercising and following a healthy diet.