When You Roll Your Clocks Back, Your Chances of an Auto Accident Increase
At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, daylight saving time will end. That means you should roll your manual clocks back one hour. Thankfully, smartphones and computers are already programmed to take care of that for us.
Getting an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning is always appreciated, but this extra hour of sleep can come at a cost. According to studies, the number of auto accidents in the U.S. increases at the beginning and end of daylight saving time every year. The explanations for this phenomenon vary, but anything that disrupts a person’s internal clock can negatively affect performance in a wide variety of tasks, including driving.
Other explanations include:
- Failure to adjust to reduced visibility – Your evening commute home in the spring and summer is probably well-lit. But as the days get shorter in the fall, you have less daylight during your drive home. Rolling clocks back one hour makes your drive home from work much darker, and some drivers have difficulty adjusting to driving in near total darkness after their shifts.
- Anticipating the time change – For some people, anticipating the time change can change their behaviors, increasing their risk of auto accidents. They may drive more aggressively, speed, or even be more likely to drive after consuming alcohol just before or after a time change.
At Sam Aguiar Lawyers, we hope all Louisville residents remember to roll their clocks back on Sunday, Nov. 5. But we also hope you keep in mind that car accidents increase that day. Being aware of the phenomenon can help you avoid a potentially serious crash.