On Sunday Nov. 2, people across the nation will be facing a higher risk of drowsy driving than normal after setting clocks back an hour for Daylight Savings Time. Although a little driving in the dark may not seem like it makes a huge difference, statistics show that it does.
The Houston car accident lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers know that driver fatigue and drowsiness cause an estimated 100,000 accidents across the nation every year. Less light makes it easier to doze off while driving, particularly after a long day at the office.
The time change doesn’t affect only drivers. Pedestrians are at higher risk, as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 50% of fatal pedestrian accidents for children ages 5 to 18 happen in dark or low light conditions.
Our Houston car accident lawyers offer these tips for drivers to get ready for the time change:
- Make sure all of your vehicle’s lights are working properly.
- Check headlights for any needed adjustments where they’re aiming.
- Avoid glare from oncoming headlights by using your rearview mirror’s night setting.
- Use your high beams only when no other vehicles are approaching.
- Be alert and drive cautiously, particularly watching out for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Always take your sunglasses off at dusk.
- When driving, avoid highway hypnosis by moving your eyes from side to side rather than focusing only on the road ahead or center line.