Fall Back Time Change May Cause Collisions

Fall Back Time Change Creates Different Road Conditions

It’s that time of year when our clocks move back as daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at 2 a.m. What this means for many motorists is waking up to a bright sky and seeing the day get darker much earlier.

A study conducted by the Insurance Bureau of British Columbia (ICBC) revealed that the two weeks following the end of daylight savings time resulted in a 16 per cent increase in the average number of vehicle collisions in the late afternoon commute of motorists. An additional survey by ICBC found that 30 per cent of drivers overcompensated for the extra hour of sleep by staying up later than they normally would, gaining no benefit regarding additional rest.

Young Drivers of Canada would like to remind pedestrians and motorists to be vigilant as they become familiar with the time change conditions on the roads. The driver educator is suggesting the following tips to ensure pedestrians and drivers remain safe.

Fall Back Time Change Motorist and Pedestrian Safety Tips

  1. Pedestrians are encouraged to wear bright or light colour clothing while walking at dusk or in the evening.
  2. Pedestrians should always cross on a green light and ensure they make eye contact with motorists waiting for the light to change to let them know they are crossing.
  3. Pedestrians should avoid using any headphones while walking.
  4. Motorists should avoid any distractions while behind the wheel.
  5. Drivers should check the condition of their headlights to ensure they can see all objects on the road.
  6. Drivers should allow themselves extra time to get to their destination when travelling at dusk.

It is important for motorists and pedestrians to remain vigilant with the  “fall back” time change. If everyone takes the necessary precautions, the roads will be safe for motorists and pedestrians alike.

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