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Drowsiness is a problem following Daylight Savings Time

It's the time of year when the time changes and people don't get enough sleep. Every year, twice a year, the time change impacts the way people work and interact. During March each year, time rolls forward an hour, meaning that you're more likely to be awake longer and have to get up earlier during the day of the time change and need to adjust to the time change in the days that follow.

That might not seem like a big deal, and it's not for some people. However, if you need to get up early or have a tight schedule, you could find that you have a harder time doing so and feel drowsy throughout the day. That drowsiness can lead to major accidents, especially if you need to drive or operate heavy machinery.

The Monday after Daylight Savings Time, in particular, is linked to a high number of workplace injuries. It can also lead to drowsy driving accidents. Drivers need to sleep, on average, between seven and eight hours each night. Sleeping too little can increase your risk of getting into an accident significantly.

How can you recognize if you're too drowsy to drive?

It's important for you to recognize when it's not safe for you to be behind the wheel. If you notice that you're tired, then you can make the decision to pull over and take a nap or get more sleep.

Some signs of drowsy driving include:

  • Slow eyelid closures
  • Yawning
  • Trouble staying at the right speed
  • Swaying your head
  • Fidgeting in your seat
  • Slow reactions
  • Trouble staying in your lane

If you notice these or any other signs that you're tired, it's a good idea to find a parking lot or to pull over the side of the road, so you can rest.

What should you do if you see a drowsy driver on the road?

It can be hard to tell if someone is drowsy, driving recklessly or distracted, but if you see someone who is struggling to stay in lane, it's smart to call 911 or the local police. There are many reasons why drivers might be acting unusually, and it is essential that others step in to help protect themselves and those around them when they see something hazardous on the roads.

If you are hit by someone who is driving dangerously due to drowsiness, then you may be in a position to pursue a claim.

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