Changing of the clocks – Does it affect our Driving?
The Changing of the Clocks – Does it affect our Driving?
For many people, particularly shift workers, the changing of the clocks, where we lose an hour in spring and gain an hour in autumn, can be hugely disruptive to their sleep rhythms. Trying to re-adjust can mean excessive tiredness as we slot ourselves into the new time zones, this can lead to fatigue and daytime sleepiness for some, and this could affect concentration, reactions and decision making.
Could the fact that the days are shorter and darkness comes earlier make us sleepier and does this affect road safety?
Changing of the clocks, the variation between Spring and Autumn
There have been many studies which show that the incidence of road traffic collisions increases when the clocks change.
According to roadsafetyanalysis.org, this increase occurs both in March and October and that crashes are more likely as autumn daylight saving begins. Their report, based on Department of Transport figures from 2012 states that there is a 3% increase in road crashes during the two weeks immediately after the autumn change. This could indicate that sleepiness and lack of concentration could play a major part in accidents in the latter half of the year.
Gov.uk figures for the period January to March 2016 stated that there was a 13% increase in fatal road accidents but these could be attributed to various causes. It has to be stated that, according to the government’s own data, road fatalities have fallen decade on decade.
Various studies have also shown that health can be affected by switching to daylight saving time and a 2008 Swedish study showed that the risk of having a heart attack increases following the springtime clock change.
How to Avoid Becoming a Statistic
None of us can do anything to avoid the daylight saving time adjustments but there are lots we can do to make sure we cope with the changes.
The most important thing is to make sure that the car we drive is reliable and fully prepared for whatever the seasons throw at us. If your vehicle has seen better days and you’re thinking of changing to a newer car but are unsure whether your finances can take the hit of buying then at CVS Ltd we are here to help and advise you on the benefits of Personal Car Leasing.
When the nights are drawing in make sure your car is winter-ready by checking the fluid levels, especially the antifreeze, and that the tyres are legal and in good condition. Clean all the car’s lights, mirrors and windows – see and be seen – and check that all lights are in proper working order.
Make yourself winter-ready by getting into a good sleep routine to combat daytime tiredness. Good preparation and a reliable car through bad credit personal car leasing will ensure that you sail through the winter months with you and your car unscathed.