Even though we Spring Forward on Sunday, it’s likely to still have an effect on Monday.
“The commute, especially starting on Monday morning is going to look a lot different for people,” said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. “There’s going to be two big issues involved. That’s darkness and the second one is driver drowsiness.”
Given that it will be dark when kids are out getting to school Monday, it’s important to be paying close attention.
“Slow down, be more cautious, especially as school kids are out on the roads or waiting at bus stops,” said Steward. “Take that into consideration as you head out the door on Monday morning for next week’s commute.”
It’s also likely that some other drivers on the road won’t have had time to catch up on the sleep they’ll lose when we spring forward.
“Everybody’s going to be extra drowsy for awhile until our bodies naturally adjust to the new time,” said Steward. “Drivers who miss one or two hours of that recommended seven hours of sleep every day nearly double their risk for a crash.”
In a AAA Foundation survey, nearly all drivers (97 percent) say they view drowsy driving as a serious threat to their safety and a completely unacceptable behavior. However, 29 percent admitted to driving when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.