Daylight Savings Safety Tips

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has recently released a few safety tips for motorists and pedestrians as the days become shorter. Sleep patterns may be changing, and clock adjustments can change where glares and darkness occur for otherwise familiar driving routes. Since it is getting dark earlier, officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging motorists and pedestrians to be more alert.

Safety for Motorists

First, it’s important for drivers to be aware of how the clock adjustment changes their sleep patterns. In most cases, the” fall back” time change gives drivers a little more time to sleep in the morning. Shift workers should definitely be cognizant of their changes in schedule. Equally important, drivers need to take note of differences in their traditional driving routines. There may be glares in different or unexpected areas in one’s morning drive or afternoon commute. Listed below are just a few tips that can help make this transition a little bit safer for everybody on the road.

Motorist Daylight Savings Safety Tips

• Allow extra time for rush-hour commuting.
• Slow down during morning and evening commutes.
• Keep an eye out for pedestrians. They may not be anticipating the change in glares or darkness either.
• Make sure all windows and mirrors are fog-free and clean.
• Top off the washer fluid, and check the defroster.

Pedestrians and Daylight Savings

With the time change, pedestrians need be on high alert too. They should take into account that drivers may not be prepared to deal with glares or darkness in unsuspected areas of their daily commutes.

How Can Pedestrians Stay Safe?

• Add reflective material to clothing, backpacks or briefcases.
• Remain vigilant when using crosswalks, even when you have the signal.
• Use sidewalks when available.
• Exercise additional caution near driveways and intersections.
• When crossing roadways, always make eye contact with drivers.
• Don’t practice “distracted walking” behaviors like talking on the cell phone or texting.
• Don’t wear ear buds.

Drivers, bicycle riders, pedestrians and motorcycle riders need to exercise a little bit of additional caution with the time change. Looking out for one another on the road is an important part of keeping everybody safe. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the experienced legal team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc.

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