Spring Forward: AAA Urges Drivers to be Prepared

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (March 06, 2014) – On Sunday, March 9th, Daylight Savings Time begins and we all lose an hour of sleep. More importantly, on Monday morning, many drivers will be tired traveling to work. AAA Tidewater recommends motorists use additional caution and modify their driving habits, especially during the first week of Daylight Savings Time, when everyone is still adjusting to the time change.

“Each spring we go through the ritual of setting our clocks forward, but our bodies don’t adjust as easily,” said Georjeane Blumling, Vice President of Public Affairs for AAA Tidewater. “Ninety-percent of a driver’s reaction time is dependent upon vision, which is more limited in darkness. A change in time can affect people physically and drivers can be more tired than they realize.”

In addition to setting clocks forward one hour, motorists should be prepared to face reduced visibility during the morning trip to work. “The morning commute will be darker, so drivers can expect impaired visibility,” added Blumling. “If you begin your commute in the early morning, you may need to turn on your headlights as you drive to your destination. We also advise motorists to be extra cautious in residential neighborhoods and school zones during the morning commute where school children may be walking in the dark.”

AAA Tips for Motorists:

  • Watch out for pedestrians when backing up in parking lots or driveways
  • Turn on your headlights to yourself more visible
  • Leave more following room, keeping in mind that there may be more glare from the sun
  • Wear sunglasses and use your visor to reduce glare
  • Be mindful of more pedestrians in the lighter evening hours
  • Eliminate all distractions
  • Get plenty of Sleep

AAA Tips For Motorists:

  • Cross on at intersections or crosswalks. Do not jaywalk or cross between parked cars
  • Avoid walking in traffic where sidewalks or crosswalks or absent
  • See and be seen. Carry a flashlight and/or wear reflective gear
  • Avoid listing to your music or cell phone at a volume that prevents you from hearing approaching danger

.As part of North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA Tidewater Virginia provides its more than 325,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding AAA Tidewater Virginia has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.  For more information, visit AAA.com and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/AAATidewaterVA or on Facebook at facebook.com/AAATidewaterVirginia