Daylight Savings Time 2016 Ends – Be careful

Posted November 2, 2016

This Sunday, November 6th, 2016, marks the end of Daylight Savings Time for this year, and it usually causes a significant increase in pedestrian/motor vehicle incidents.   

Research indicates that this 1-hour time change affects your body, health and traffic safety.  A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 2007 found that after the time change in the fall, pedestrians are three times more likely to be struck by vehicles. 

Time of day was cited as a factor in the study. There was no significant difference in pedestrian accidents at noon, but the chance of being struck increased early in the morning and later in the day around 6pm. 

Apparently, the reason for this problem isn’t sleeping issues or the darkness. Researchers suggest it’s that drivers and pedestrians have spent the previous months getting used to brighter light conditions and don’t immediately adjust their behaviour to account for less light during the morning or early evening rush hour. 

Here are some tips to adjust to the time change: 

·        Set your alarm clock earlier than usual so it’s easier to wake up 
·        Spend time in well-lit rooms and sunlight 
·        Eat a healthy breakfast to help your body start the day 
·        Pay extra attention when driving and walking 

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