This week will see an increase of car accidents, in part due to the switch to DST

In the week following the switch to daylight saving time, accidents can increase by as much as 23%, according to The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

The time change, which happened on March 14, at 2am, is the perceived culprit. Not only are drivers tired, with diminished responsiveness, the one hour change can also be a shock to drivers due to sun glare, and icy conditions in the early hours. The sun is now at the horizon during peak hours causing an additional risk as drivers adjust. If you combine those factors with the environmental ones such rapidly changing weather patterns, frozen nights and warmer days, this a risky time of year.

The week following the switch to DST can be dangerous for drivers and pedestrians

Easing of Covid-19 restrictions could also see more vehicles on the road, including drivers whom have not driven in a long time.

Take extra precautions this week, whether you are in a car or motorcycle, or even a pedestrian.

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