Look to the Horizon, But Do Not Squint
A very long time ago, Benjamin Franklin came up with an idea. An idea we now call daylight savings is when we reset clocks in the summer months as a way to conserve energy. This year, we turn our clocks ahead one hour March 8.
When the clocks go forward, the disruption to sleep can cause problems for drivers. This can make you drowsy at the wheel – one of the leading causes of road fatalities nationwide. Here are some safe driving tips to help you after the clocks change.
- You will lose an hour’s sleep when the clocks move forward, so try adjusting your body clock as soon as possible to avoid being tired.
- You are more likely to experience sun strike heading east in rush hour in the morning. Adjust your schedule or driving route accordingly, if at all possible.
- If the sun is blinding you, slow down and increase your following distance. You need to be able to stop in the distance of clear road you can see ahead of you.
- If you can’t avoid the blinding sun, pull over until it moves out of the way.
- You may be feeling alert, but not everyone will be. Be cautious of people who drift between lanes or stop abruptly and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you.
- Watch for pedestrians and cyclists. Approach crosswalks and intersections slowly. When visibility is reduced, people and objects on the road are harder to see. Adjust your speed to compensate for the low light conditions.
- Ensure you fill your washer fluid regularly. Your windshield will get dirty with spray and splashes on from wet roads.
- Ensure your headlights, windows, taillights, signal lights and windshield wipers are clean and in good working condition so you can see and be seen on the road.
Hupy and Abraham is looking forward to spring and warmer weather, just as much as each of you. If you’ve been in an accident with someone you suspect was driving while fatigued, it is important to understand that driving while tired is a form of negligence.
It is important to contact an experienced attorney immediately after an accident to protect your potential recovery. For more information, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 or start a live chat 24/7 at Hupy.com.