Safety during the time change

The upcoming time change is an adjustment for everyone. The shift seems to throw everybody off their sleep schedule. The visibility when driving can also be affected by the changing amounts of light present at specific times. These couple of tips can help you transition smoothly and safely to the new time.

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Driving Tips (Amerisafe)

  • Headlights should be on an hour before dusk and throughout nighttime hours until an hour after dawn. The extra lights make you visible to other drivers and provide extra light for your visibility.
  • When driving in fog, keep lights on low beams.
  • Keep a larger distance from other vehicles at night.
  • If experiencing fatigue while driving, stop and walk to help with drowsiness.

Better Sleeping Tips (Amerisafe)

  • Develop a nightly routine or schedule. This routine or schedule should include a bedtime ritual that allows your body to calm down.
  • Avoid taking naps, especially in the afternoon.
  • Avoid large meals, smoking and alcohol before bed.
  • It takes about a day or two to adjust to the change. The adjustments do vary from person to person, however.(WebMD)
  • Start the adjustment process early by changing one clock to the new time at the beginning of the weekend. Try to sleep, eat and follow other routines by that clock. However, don’t get confused with the real time! (SparkPeople.com)