As clocks fall back this weekend, it’s important to remember to make time for safety.
While most people would agree that an extra hour of sleep is a positive result from the end of daylight saving time, the change may spur some negative effects when it comes to safety.
Here are some tips to help you move forward safely as the clocks fall back:
- Sunlight may appear in your windows at different times as you drive. Remember your sunglasses and use your car visors to protect your eyes and help you navigate through traffic.
- It will be dark much earlier, probably affecting the drive home. Approach all crosswalks, intersections and stops with caution, and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Downtown Tampa continues to get busier with pedestrian traffic, especially during rush hour with a mix of vehicles and people walking in the dark. Be mindful of this, and proceed carefully.
- The time change can affect everyone in different ways. Be patient with other drivers who are adapting to the morning and evening change.
- Be aware of your own physical condition. You may be more easily distracted as you walk and drive to and from work.
- With fewer hours of daylight in the fall and winter, using your headlights can make driving safer for everyone on the road. Also, consider inspecting your headlights, tires and wiper blades on your vehicle.
- Now is also a good time to check your batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at home. The National Safety Council recommends that you do this each year when you change your clocks.
“With the time change occurring and the holiday season around the corner, it can be easy to get distracted,” said Corporate Safety Director Mark Downing. “It’s important that we stay vigilant about putting safety first both on the job and away from work.”