Drowsy Driving: More Felt at End of Daylight Savings Time

by : Joe Thompson

This Saturday night, people all are going to set their clocks and their watches an hour back. If you have not been informed yet, well, it is time that you were told that Saturday is the end of daylight savings time.

Such an event may not be a big deal to many people, however, the National Road Safety Foundation, or the NRSF, says that the roads and the highways in the United States are going to be quite more dangerous. This is explained by Adele Kristiansson, the director of marketing and legislative affairs for NRSF. Kristiansson shares, "Since night falls an hour earlier, the commute home from work or school will likely be in the dark. Also, the change of waking time coupled with earlier nightfall throws off our internal clock. It can take as long as two weeks for our bodies to adjust." She does even add, "Drowsiness is a condition most drivers fail to recognize, and it can be as dangerous as drinking and driving." The NRSF is a non-profit group that exists so as to help provide programs on driver safety for various groups, institutions, and organizations.

As per her claim that drowsiness can prove to be just as fatal as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, there are really studies done with US motorists being the cases. According to them, there are about sixty per cent of these motorists have admitted to driving while feeling sleepy. And a huge 33% have bravely said that they had experienced falling asleep while driving.

So it is very much important to do know the necessary things about driving and about being a drowsy driver. Sure, everything may not be a big deal if you were only to lose a couple of if you got caught in an accident. However, if you were to lose your limb or even your life, that would certainly be something to worry about.

Anyhow, the NRSF does say that if you are about to drive and you feel the signs of being drowsy, it is important that you do pull over first to a safe area and take a break first. You can have a much needed cup of coffee or take in some snacks. Or you can also opt to get a quick shut eye so as to get the drowsiness out of your system.