Burnaby, British Columbia – Setting back the clocks for the end of daylight savings time can change sleep patterns and daily commutes, leaving drivers drowsy and dealing with an extra hour of darkness at the end of the day, according to the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA).
Even though turning back the clock gains an extra hour of sleep on Monday morning, our bodies don’t feel it, and drivers must be more alert during the daily commute, especially during darkness.
“Both of these things affect our ability to be safe drivers, pedestrians and cyclists,” said Allan Lamb, BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation executive director. “The first work day of the time change, people are generally groggier, and with the darker afternoons at the end of the day, it can be a dangerous combination.”
Time changes reflect a switch in social clocks, not biological ones, and studies show that we don’t actually adjust to these changes so easily. Fatigue-related collisions are very common and can include hitting pedestrians in intersections, rear-ending other traffic, or veering off the road.
BCAA recommends that you change your sleep patterns before the time change takes effect, allowing your body to adjust. Also, avoid caffeine or other substances to “wake you up.”
Sleep is what your body really needs to be able to function properly. The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation recommends changing your sleeping patterns before the time change takes effect to allow your body to adjust and avoid caffeine or other substances to “wake you up”.