When Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 12, we’ll set our clocks ahead one hour. As a result, it will be darker during usual morning commute times.
Whether driving or walking, please consider these safety tips.
- Go to bed early on days before the time change to help your body acclimate
- Work from home as much as possible the week following the time switch to avoid sleep-deprived drivers
- Make sure you can see and be seen with fully functional headlights
- Don’t drive distracted
- Bring sunglasses because afternoon trips will be brighter than usual
- Don’t use your cell phone or listen to music while walking
- Cross at intersections or crosswalks - not in the middle of the street or between parked cars
- Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks
- Evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street
- Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at dawn, dusk and night and carry a flashlight
- Allow extra time and distance for a vehicle to stop in inclement weather
- Don’t let umbrellas or jacket hoods block your view of approaching traffic