AAA: Tips to avoid drowsy driving caused by daylight saving time

The UConn Crash Data Repository reports that between 2018 and 2022, there were more than 6,000 crashes caused by drowsy or fatigued driving in Connecticut.

News 12 Staff

Mar 13, 2023, 9:33 PM

Updated 436 days ago

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The clocks jumped forward Sunday and although that means more daylight, it also has many suffering the effects of the time change.
"Driving and your eyes close and then you wake up – that’s drowsy driving," said Fran Mayko, a spokesperson for AAA Northeast.
The UConn Crash Data Repository reports that between 2018 and 2022, there were more than 6,000 crashes caused by drowsy or fatigued driving in Connecticut.
Experts advice to get at least seven hours of sleep, and to travel on days when you're fully awake. They also say when driving, to increase your following distance between other cars and to be aware of your surroundings.
"Because your reflexes are not as quick as you would be in top operating order," said Mayko.
The American Red Cross says as you change the clocks, it's also a great time to check your fire alarms.


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