Daylight Saving Switch Can Cause Accidents

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The yearly switch to daylight saving time certainly had us all out of sorts at the office, but did you know that the one-hour time jump is followed by more traffic accidents the next morning?

The Monday after the clocks “spring forward,” traffic accidents in the U.S. see a spike, according to a 2001 report by researchers in the journal Sleep Medicine. Canadian researchers said the number was around an 8% leap when they published their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1996.

Sweden, which also conducted a study, found accidents climbed 11% on the Monday after daylight saving time, as fatigued drivers took to the roads.

Did you notice your driving was somewhat impaired by lack of sleep this morning? Maybe other drivers on the freeway seemed even more crazed than usual. Let us know in the comments.

The Onset of Daylight Saving Time Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (Los Angeles Times)

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