Daylight saving time can lead to more and more drowsy drivers on the road, according to a new study from AAA. Drivers in Illinois will want to know what the organization recommends in order to prevent drowsy driving and prepare for the changes that daylight saving time brings. Prevention is especially important because drowsiness accounts for nearly 10 percent of all car crashes in the country.
The best method to prevent drowsiness is to simply get more sleep. Caffeine and energy drinks are ultimately no substitute for rest. During the morning commute, drivers should always double-check for other drivers when changing lanes and use their turn signals each time. They should also be on the lookout for pedestrians.
AAA does suggest that pedestrians carry flashlights and wear brightly colored clothing at night, dusk and dawn. The organization also warns drivers that the darker mornings will take some getting used to. Glare from the sun may pose a problem, so drivers should use their sun visor or consider investing in glasses with polarized lenses.
During the commute home, drivers should also expect more cars and pedestrians on the roads. The reason is that with sunset occurring later in the day, many people want to stay out later.
When a driver becomes inattentive or falls asleep because of drowsiness, he or she may cause an accident involving other people on the road. When victims incur vehicle damage, injuries that require medical treatment and other losses, they’ll want to determine if they can file an accident claim and be reimbursed for these costs. Injury lawyers can investigate a case and even have it reconstructed by the right experts. They can also estimate a fair settlement before negotiating for it with the other driver’s auto insurance company. Attorneys also litigate as a last resort.