Daylight Savings Time Change Safety Tips for Pedestrians, Motorists

The daylight savings time change now in effect across California essentially means that you will be walking and driving in darker conditions more than before.

The daylight savings time change now in effect across California essentially means that you will be walking and driving in darker conditions more than before.

The daylight savings time change now in effect across California essentially means that you will be walking and driving in darker conditions more than before. That automatically means a higher risk of accidents, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Ministration has already warned that the Daylight Savings Time 2013 which ended on November 3 could increase the risk of auto and pedestrian accidents.

Many of us have already noticed the difference as we drive home in darkness . The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking both motorists and pedestrians to exercise additional caution as they drive and walk home in the darkness over the next few months.

Motorists must drive at low speeds to help them see pedestrians in time while driving. You are driving in darker conditions now, and it may be more difficult to notice a pedestrian. Also look out for pedestrians who may be distracted with their headphones, or because their ears are now covered with hats, wool caps and earmuffs. They may not be able to hear your approaching car.

High visibility is more important now more than ever. Make sure that the windshield of your car and window glass is sparkling clean. Your windshield wipers should be working properly, and defrosters must be at functioning capacity.

The daylight savings time change also means additional danger for pedestrians walking in the darkness. If you are walking in the evening, carry a flashlight. Retro reflective tape is a lifesaver for pedestrians walking in dark conditions. Stick tape to your clothing, bags and purses. You can use florescent tape to reflect the light from the tape back to drivers, helping them to see you. Walk on sidewalks wherever possible, be extra careful and look both sides for approaching vehicles while crossing the street, and avoid distractions while walking.

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