WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Most of the U.S. sprung forward early Sunday morning for daylight saving time. But the loss of sleep can also translate to more driver fatigue and hazards on the road.
According to Jeff Hickman with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the adjustment of any time change can exacerbate drowsiness. In an article on the Virginia Tech Daily, Hickman says time changes can lead to disruptions in sleep and can last until your body adjusts - which could take anywhere from a few days to a week.
TIPS TO AVOID FATIGUE
- Avoid driving from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., Hickman says. He says these hours are dangerous because a person’s circadian rhythm is at its lowest. He also says avoid the evening rush hour if possible.
- Hickman advises to get a full night’s sleep of at least seven to eight hours.
- Drivers should pay attention to signs of drowsy driving, Hickman says, like yawning, swaying of the head and difficulty staying in your lane.
- Hickman also say drivers should avoid situations that increase drowsiness like driving alone and driving along monotonous road conditions.