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Daylight Savings Time Increases Car Accidents

As if you didn’t already have enough reasons to dislike switching to Daylight Savings Time—the annoyance of switching your clocks, adjusting to the time change—research shows it could actually be bad for your health.

John Paul, the Senior Manager of Traffic Safety for AAA Northeast, said that his company had seen crash rates go up around 10%-17% when people lose an hour’s worth of sleep due to the switch to Daylight Savings Time.

A 2014 study by the University of Colorado found the risk of fatal car crashes increased 5.4%-7.6% immediately following the switch to Daylight Savings Time.

All drivers should always be careful to ensure they get the proper amount of sleep and aren’t getting behind the wheel was drowsy. It’s especially important to pay attention to this after a disruption in your normal sleep schedule such as that caused by the switch to Daylight Savings Time.