Spring is in the air… once Daylight Saving time starts, our thoughts turn to warmer weather and the end of snow and ice. But, turning our clocks ahead one hour does more than just deprive us of a little sleep. Studies find that this small time shift increases crashes caused by drowsy driving, an increasing problem on our roads.
Are you at risk? Look for these signs of drowsy driving:
- Difficulty keeping your eyes open
- Difficulty focusing
- Daydreaming, not paying attention to the road
- Missing your exit, not noticing traffic signs
- Drifting or swerving out of your lane
Remember to take frequent breaks – every two hours at a minimum. Caffeine combined with a little exercise – plus a 15-20 minute nap – can refresh you for a few more hours.
Teens and young adults are frequently at risk, since they tend to get less sleep than any other age group. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 16-24 year-olds are more likely to be involved in drowsy driving crashes than any other age group.
Check out our video, below, for more information!