This weekend we will "fall back” as Daylight Saving Time ends and the days get shorter on Sunday, November 5th. With the time change, most of us will be driving in the dark more often. Driving in the dark, along with fatigue from long work hours, and other distractions can make driving at night more dangerous.
It is important to take extra precaution when driving at night and make sure you are being safe. The National Safety Council has some tips for driving in the dark:
- Aim your headlight correctly, and make sure they're clean
- Dim your dashboard
- Look away from oncoming lights
- If you wear glasses, make sure they're anti-reflective
- Clean the windshield to eliminate streaks
- Slow down to compensate for limited visibility and reduced stopping time
November 5-12, 2017 is also Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. How appropriate to bring awareness to being tired while driving and how that can affect safety. According to the National Sleep Foundation, over 103 million have fallen asleep at the wheel and 60% of motorist have driven while tired. They offer some tips:
- Get seven or more hours of sleep a night
- Don't drive if you've been awake for 24 hours or more
- Stop every two hours to rest
- Pull over and take a nap if you're drowsy
- Travel during times you are normally awake
Take the extra hour this weekend to get some extra sleep and stay safe on the roads. As we head into the holiday season, be aware of other drivers and allow for extra time on the road.
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!