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Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts on March 12, 2017, and it is known that there is a correlation between the beginning of DST and an increase in car accidents.
This year, elementary school and high school students will enjoy their March Break the week of March 13, 2017, the day after DST begins.
It is always important to exercise caution as a road user, whether you are driving a car, riding a bicycle or walking at an intersection.
Daylight saving time causes a change to our sleep cycle; a change to what is known as our circadian rhythm. Losing an hour of sleep actually does make a difference, as it is felt that most people do not get adequate amounts of sleep.
Some studies have found that there is an increase in car accidents the first workday after DST due to the loss of one hour of sleep. Losing an hour of sleep is just as important as healthy diet.
One sleep specialist notes that sleep is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, the same way a healthy diet, exercising and modest consumption of alcohol are.
The “Spring Forward” can be more difficult for people who suffer from psychological conditions and insomnia and it may take longer for them to adjust to the time change.
There are ways to help your system adjust to the time change and to get a better night’s sleep:
With students on March Break, it is extremely important for drivers to be on alert for pedestrians at intersections.
Some tips for you and your family to stay safe are:
We hope that you and your families enjoy a safe and relaxing March Break!
If you have been injured as a result of a car accident, it is important to know your rights as an injured person. A lawyer can help explain these rights to you.
The lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates have assisted clients who have been injured as a result of a car accident, including drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. We offer a free, no obligation, initial consultation that can be arranged at a date and time that is convenient for you.
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