On Sunday, November 3, daylight savings officially came to an end. Of course, it is nice to have that extra hour of daylight in the morning, but fleet drivers should take note of a few tips to make sure they are not thrown off by the time change. When the clocks fall back, it can take time for your body and mind to shift properly to the adjustment.
Tips for handling the time change:
- Recognize it takes time to adjust. The time change can put your internal clock into an unfamiliar state. For fleet drivers, this can be dangerous on the road. Studies from the National Road Safety Foundation show that auto accidents increase when daylight savings time ends.
- Be aware of new rush-hour traffic standards. With rush hour traffic being bright in the morning and dark in the afternoon, fleet drivers will be traveling under challenging times of the day.
- Maintain an adequate sleep schedule. We all look forward to an extra hour of sleep when the clocks turn back, but it can take time for your body to reset. Fleet drivers are constantly behind the wheel, and not having a decent night's sleep from the time change can lead to drowsy driving.
- Prep your vehicle for the changing seasons. The time change is a real sign that winter is well on its way and fleet drivers should start preparing now to make sure their vehicles are ready for the impending weather. Check tires, fluids, and prepare your winter safety kit.
Bright mornings and dark afternoons are here, and it is essential for fleet drivers to take these tips into account when dealing with the seasonal changes.