Tips for driving safely after daylight saving time change

Mar 10, 2023, 11:30 AM | Updated: 11:15 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Daylight saving is Sunday, which means it’s time to move our clocks forward an hour. The change may impact our traveling abilities, so here are some tips to keep you safe out on the roads, courtesy of Zero Fatalities.

The two major travel risks involved with the time change are: poor visibility due to less light in the morning and drowsiness due to a change in sleep cycle

To keep yourself and others safe during the darker commute:

  • Drivers should be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians or motorcyclists
    • Slow down if needed, especially in neighborhoods, near schools and around intersections
  • Vulnerable roadway users — pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists — should do everything in their power to be seen by drivers
    • Wear reflective gear and lights, be predictable, use traffic safety devices, obey traffic laws, and make eye contact with drivers
  • All road users should drive sober, eliminate distractions, and best focus on the task of driving/walking/biking
  • Parents should take to children and teens about the risks and safety tips for daylight saving

To avoid drowsy driving:

  • Make sure you are awake and alert before driving/walking/biking
  • If you experience sleepiness while driving, pull over to a safe place and take a power nap
  • You can reduce your risk for daylight saving-induced drowsiness by resetting your internal body clock slowly
    • For the next two nights, set your alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier and go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier than usual
    • Be active and enjoy the weekend so it will be easier to fall asleep earlier

For additional information and tips, click here.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Road to Zero

Weber head-on collision...
Cary Schwanitz

1 killed in fiery head-on collision in Weber County; 2 dead in crash near Saltair

One person died in a fiery head-on crash on I-15 in the Riverdale area early Sunday, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
3 days ago
Water drain...
Katija Stjepovic, Cary J. Schwanitz

UDOT clearing debris to prevent highway flooding

Earlier this year snow was a big danger for drivers but now it’s becoming rain and wet roads.
5 days ago
Three people died in this Kane County crash...
Andrew Adams

Family remembers two loved ones killed in crash near Kanab

Family members on Thursday remembered loved ones killed in a triple-fatal crash in Kane County.
6 days ago
Traffic on Interstate 80 in Crockett, California, on June 9. The National Transportation Safety Boa...
Katija Stjepovic

Drowsy driving cases on the rise in Utah

A new AAA study shows many of us don't know how sleepy we are behind the wheel.
9 days ago
school crossing...
Katija Stjepovic

Utah lawmakers consider return of photo radar

A new bill before the legislature would bring photo radar back to Utah as speeding in construction and school zones becomes a growing safety concern.
1 month ago
One person killed crash...
Pat Reavy, 

Driver killed in weather-related crash on I-15

One person was killed in a weather-related crash on I-15 on Wednesday.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Stack of old laptops with dark background...
PC Laptops

Old Laptop Upgrades You Need to Try Before Throwing it Away

Get the most out of your investment. Try these old laptop upgrades before throwing it out to keep it running fast and efficient.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
Tips for driving safely after daylight saving time change