March 5, 2012
On the Road
means tired drivers Monday
Released by Lennae Durant, BCAA RSF
Sunday, March 11, most communities in B.C. will switch to Daylight Saving
Time. That means some pretty drowsy drivers behind the wheel going to and
from work the following Monday.
Driver fatigue is a dangerous condition where the symptoms of sleepiness can
severely impair driving performance. Studies show that our circadian rhythms
or body clocks, don't adjust to time changes naturally. A tired driver is a
Sleep deprivation impairs brain function as much as alcohol does, reducing
the ability of the mind and body to respond quickly and accurately. This
impairment can affect your driving ability long before you even notice
you're getting tired.
Symptoms of driver fatigue range from heavy eyelids, frequent yawning, and
feeling irritable to misjudging traffic situations, being surprised by a
pedestrian or cyclist and allowing your vehicle to wander or drift across
Sleep related collisions, hitting a pedestrian, rear-ending the vehicle in
front of you, veering off of the road and into a parked car, are very common
after a time change.
Sleep is what the body really needs to be able to function properly.
The BCAA Road Safety Foundation recommends drivers do the following:
Adjust your sleep
patterns before the time change.
Avoid caffeine or
other substances to "wake you up". This is short term and you
may feel even more fatigued once it wears off.
For better visibility
drive with your headlights on during the darker morning commute.
Be aware of the
increased number of people out walking in the evenings taking
advantage of the extra daylight, especially in residential
About BCAA Road Safety Foundation
The BCAA Road Safety Foundation is a non-profit registered charity working
with families, communities and business partners to reduce the number and
severity of traffic crashes and injuries in B.C.
For more information visit
www.BCAARoadSafety.com or call 604-298-5107.
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