The end of Daylight Savings Time (DST) means drivers will soon be spending more time on the roads during hours of darkness.
And, with National Safety Council research showing that the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater at night, it’s essential for security drivers to be aware of how to maintain their safety on the roads as DST comes to an end.
Many drivers who are used to traveling home from work in the daylight can suddenly find themselves driving home in the dark. Moreover, while, initially, the mornings are lighter, before long, many drivers will find themselves traveling in the dark both in the morning and the evening. For those who need to navigate rush hour traffic every day, this increase in darkness adds further risk to a situation that is already a potentially hazardous one.
Research tells us that the number of recorded injury crashes increased in the weeks following the end of DST. There are many potential reasons for this, including reduced visibility in the dark, the impact of darkness on driver alertness, and the impact of darkness on depth perception and peripheral vision.
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