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Safety Tips for Driving When Daylight Savings Time Ends

Daylight savings time was introduced in the United States in 1918. It began much earlier in other countries. The goal of the time shift was to provide additional daylight to allow workers to both begin and complete their work routines and still have an hour of daylight after the work day is over.  Though the shift was effective, when the days get shorter during the winter the practice meant that people were waking up and headed to work when it was still dark out, and that was impractical. As a result, the practice of shifting the clock backwards an hour in the weeks before winter started was introduced and continues today. As a result, starting this weekend sunset arrives one hour earlier, thus meaning that when people are driving home from work, they do so in the dark. Skilled and experienced drivers can navigate neighborhood roadways but they need to pay close attention to ensure. The law firm of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers is dedicated to protecting the safety of drivers and pedestrians alike. Here are important safety tips for driving when daylight savings time ends.

Driving home from work or to evening activities during the summer hours means you have the benefit of clear visibility and plenty of light, but once we turn the clocks back, we are driving in the dark at the same time that kids may be heading home from sports or play. Commuters who cycle to work are harder to see on the way home, and the coming of darkness can even make it easier to get drowsy behind the wheel. To avoid getting into an accident or causing harm, review these safety tips and make sure that you’re keeping them in mind whenever you’re behind the wheel:

  • Always drive the speed limit, and if you are driving in a neighborhood do not attempt to go around vehicles that are stopped. The vehicle may be dropping children off from after school activities or sports.
  • Avoid all distractions while behind the wheel, and particularly the use of a cell phone. You should never text, check email or even program a GPS while your vehicle is in motion.
  • Make sure that you are driving in a way that makes it easy for other drivers to predict what you are going to do. Use your turn signals when turning and use your hazards if you are stopping.
  • Be cautious when backing up.

Obeying the rules of the road is always important, but when visibility is reduced and school is in session it is particularly important. Take your time when driving at night and obey these safety rules to avoid an accident that can change somebody’s life, and if you or someone you love are injured by a driver who is not paying attention to safety rules and is operating their vehicle carelessly, contact the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to learn about your rights and the compensation you may be entitled to.