Some believe daylight savings time is not a necessary change in American lives. Well, a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol could be used to support the idea of stopping the change. Originally reported by WIBW 13, KHC says sleep deprivation can significantly impact drivers.
Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper, Ben Gardner, stated,
“Now in the darkness and that we need to increase our following distance, just be in general aware that during this week following daylight savings time there is an increase of injuries, fatalities and crashes. There is a correlation or a connection of an increase in crashes and in particular fatalities crashes that happen across the nation.”
Steps to Reduce Accidents
If you are worried about getting into an accident after daylight savings time, then follow these tips.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep
- Stay as focused as possible
- Report fatigued or reckless drivers to your local authorities
- Turn your headlights on
- Be aware of your surroundings
Following these steps will help you reduce your chances of getting into an accident. Of course, we can only control our vehicles and not others. So, be mindful of your surroundings as much as possible. KHP suggests drivers should report drivers who seemed fatigued or sleepy drivers to local authorities.
The other way you can help is getting plenty of sleep yourself. During the Spring, we lose an hour, so motorists may not receive as much sleep as they need. Go to bed earlier to compensate for the lost time. While you are driving, try to stay focused on the road. Watch for school zones, stop lights, and signs. When drivers lack sleep, they tend to lose focus on these important signs.
Contact Us Today
Monks Law Firm understands that accidents happen. We also want to keep motorists as safe as possible on the roads. With that said, if you have been in an accident or have received a traffic ticket you feel was wrongfully issued, then contact us today. You can reach our team by calling (713) 666-6657. We will work with you on your traffic ticket case and help you get back on the road in no time.