AAA says use these tips to avoid drowsy driving after Daylight Saving Time

AAA says driving drowsy is a form of impairment because it affects your judgment.

News 12 Staff

Mar 13, 2023, 10:06 AM

Updated 435 days ago

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AAA is urging extra caution on the roads as drivers could feel drowsy because of Daylight Saving Time.
AAA says driving drowsy is a form of impairment because it affects your judgment.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving causes nearly a million crashes, 500,000 injuries, and 8,000 deaths each year across the U.S.
Drowsy or fatigued driving in Connecticut resulted in more than 6,800 crashes, including 15 fatalities between 2018 and 2022, according to the UCONN Crash Data Repository.
AAA says try these tips to avoid drowsy driving:
-Don't rely on your body for warning signs of drowsiness. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep before driving
-Be aware that you haven't fully acclimated your habits to one less hour of sleep
-Travel at times during the day when you're fully awake
-Increase your following distance between you and the car in front of you
-Watch for pedestrians who are spending more time outdoors because of longer days
-Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks and when backing up in parking lots or driveways.


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