Daylight savings may wreak havoc on the roads

Losing another hour to daylight savings means there will be darker days ahead — both figuratively and literally. That’s because less light during rush hour increases the risk of accidents.

Sleepy drivers

Humans are not nocturnal. In fact, being awake when it’s dark out can actually have adverse effects on our alertness, mood and even long-term health.

Because daylight savings causes us to lose an hour from the day, many drivers will be driving to and from work in the morning and evenings in the dark. This could cause drivers to feel more tired and fatigued and therefore, less alert to hazards or sudden changes in the road.

Dark conditions

In addition to feeling more tired, drivers may also struggle to navigate the roads safely due to the limited visibility in the darkness. As temperatures have cooled, potholes and other hazards in the road could contribute to accidents if drivers can’t anticipate them.

This can be an issue especially on rural roads that lack sufficient street lighting.

A potential fix?

For the second time, Tennessee lawmakers are proposing a bill that would put an end to this big transition each year. Sponsored by Rep. Rick Tillis, the bill would maintain Daylight Saving Time all year in Tennessee.

This would eliminate the daylight-saving transition that leaves many residents confused, late and tired. Additionally, the change would ultimately leave everyone with an extra hour since the clocks are permanently pushed back one hour and never sprung forward.

This extra hour can lead to improved quality of life and fewer accidents. However, in the meantime, Daylight savings may still present challenges on the road. Use extra caution during the week of March 10 to avoid a collision. If you are involved in an accident, ensure you are equipped with an experienced lawyer’s contact information to help you through the expense of it.

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