Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday, March 10, in the U.S. which means it’s time to “spring forward” and change the clocks to 1 hour later. While longer days may be more beneficial with more time of daylight, there are also dangers as pertains to driving.
The short-term dangers in the first few days after the time change involve an increase in drowsy driving caused by a reduction in sleep. The long-term dangers involve the sun shining directly into drivers’ eyes, leaving many motorists driving with a glare caused by the sun. Driving into the sun just after sunrise and just before sunset can make it much harder to see ahead.
How to protect yourself from these dangers:
- Invest in polarized sunglasses. They can help reduce glare.
- Utilize your sun visor. It can help to block out the sun.
- Leave more following room. When the sun is in your eyes, you can struggle to see what the car ahead is doing. This is one more time when it pays to leave more room between you and the next vehicle.
- Drive with your headlights on to increase your visibility to other drivers.
- Keep your windshield clean, inside and out.
- Check your windshield for pitting and cracks.
- Avoid storing papers or other items on the dashboard.
- If you are having a difficult time seeing the road, use lane markings to help guide you.
Rarely will visibility be absolutely perfect while driving. However, awareness of potential problems can help you make the proper adjustments to minimize risks. Safety Track would like you to be extra careful during this time and just wanted you to be aware of the dangers on the road right now.