End of Daylight Saving Time can create more hazardous road condi - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

End of Daylight Saving Time can create more hazardous road conditions

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON -

The end of Daylight Saving Time can create more hazardous road conditions for drivers and pedestrians.

According to a blog on Esurance.com, early nightfall makes motorists more prone to drowsy driving – which can always lead to more accidents.

The online reports sites the National Safety Council’s statistics that traffic fatalities are 3 times greater at night than during the day.

Esurance.com offers these tips for adjusting to the time change:

-Prep your car for nighttime driving. It may be common sense, but it bears repeating. Check and clean your headlights, taillights, brake lights, and signal lights. After all, you want to see and be seen by other drivers on the road.

-Know when to use your low beams and high beams. Use your low beams when you need to see about 250 feet in front of you and high beams when your visibility range is 350 to 500 feet. And, of course, dim your high beams when following another driver or approaching an oncoming car.

-Watch out for animals on the road. Deer and other animals are most active at night, particularly from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. And since more deer-related collisions occur in November than any other month, be extra careful in the weeks following daylight saving time.

-Get rest. If you drive a lot on a regular basis, avoid the temptation to stay up extra late this Saturday night — even if you do get that bonus hour. 

SOURCE: http://blog.esurance.com/the-end-of-daylight-saving-could-spell-danger-on-the-road/#.UnePKxCT5OI

Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices