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Daylight Savings Time FAQ

When does Daylight Saving Time end this year?

Daylight Saving Time ends for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

When do most drowsy driving-related crashes occur?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research reveals that drowsy driving-related crashes frequently occur between midnight and 6 a.m., or in the late-afternoon.

Which age group and gender is most likely to drive while drowsy?

Adults 18-29 are more likely drive when they are drowsy compared to other groups (71 percent, vs. 52 percent for drivers 30-64 and 9 percent for drivers 65 and older); Men are more likely than women to drive drowsy, (56 percent to 45 percent), and are almost twice as likely as women to fall asleep while driving, (22 percent versus 12 percent).

How many car accidents and car accident fatalities is the result of drowsy driving?

Drowsy driving is involved in one of every six crashes that results in a fatality and one in every eight accidents where someone has to go to the hospital, according to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

What are some nighttime safe driving tips to remember?

  • Make sure your headlights are properly cleaned for the best visibility.
  • Dim your dashboard lights.
  • Do not look directly at oncoming lights.
  • If you wear glasses, ask your optometrist about anti-reflective lenses.
  • Make sure your windshield is clean and streak-free.
  • Slow down to compensate for limited visibility and decreased braking time.

How much greater is the risk of having a fatal car crash when driving at night?

The risk of a fatal car crash is three times greater at night than during daylight hours, according to the National Safety Council. More animals, tired drivers, and intoxicated drivers all play a role, but decreased visibility is oftentimes the main culprit.

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