There are a lot of things that can affect road safety, from rain and snow, to fog and sleet, or even potholes that cause problems for drivers. One of the things that affects road safety that many people do not consider is daylight savings time. Here’s how it affects road safety and what you should do to avoid accidents.
When Daylight Savings Is in Effect
When daylight savings time is in effect, it usually means that there are more hours of daylight for drivers. This can have some dire effects on traffic, especially in the summer months when the days are longer. The added visibility means that there are more people on the roads, and traffic can be heavier at times when it normally would be light. More traffic always means an increased risk of car accidents.
When Daylight Savings Ends
When daylight savings time ends and we go back to standard time, it can also cause visibility problems for drivers. Not only are the days getting shorter, but you are starting the day an hour earlier than you were before. That means that it is dark very early in the day, sometimes by 5 p.m. when you start your evening commute. This means more hours driving in the dark, which can lead to an increase in car accidents.
If you are driving in the fall and winter without daylight savings time, you’re going to be driving in the dark a lot more than other times of the year. Make sure that you are using your headlights appropriately. You should turn your headlights on as soon as the day starts to dim, which could be as early as 4 p.m. if you have inclement weather.
And, if you are in a car accident, make sure you contact an attorney to represent you with the insurance companies as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.