When our phones and clocks move back one hour, we gain an hour but lose so much more.
We lose weeks of road safety as drivers around us struggle to stay awake and drive safe.
We are all at greater risk of car crash for at least one full week after the time change.
What's The Problem with Falling Back to Standard Time?
Drowsy Driving is the big offender. Disrupted sleep cycles make drivers tired and dozy. We need our regular, predictable sleep patterns to stay aware and awake behind that wheel.
Distracted Driving piles on the danger. Drivers forget that driving is their only job when they don't get the deep sleep they need. When brains are dulled with poor to no sleep, it becomes dangerously easily to instinctively grab that phone, or mess with that infotainment system or GPS.
Health Emergencies behind the wheel are more likely. Many drivers are at a greater risk of stroke and heart attack immediately after the time change. Disrupted sleep patterns may trigger underlying health conditions. No one ever needs to meet that stricken driver who has lost control on the road.
What To Do?
Savvy drivers may choose to reduce non essential travel during this week.
But some have little choice but to be on the roads.
Our essential workers know that commuting to work is a necessity for everyone in our community. At a time when our health care heroes, first responders, truckers and grocery store workers are pulling us all through this pandemic, it is more important than ever to make smart choices behind the wheel.
As long as we have time change, we will have crashes.
If you have been hurt in a car crash, and you think the at fault driver was driving drowsy or distracted, let the investigating police officer know. If there was no officer at the scene, then make sure this information is on your report at the Accident Reporting Centre. Then call your experienced injury lawyer.
Martin Law always knows that a car crash is never just an accident.
Did You Fall Back This Weekend?
Take Time For Road Safety