March 9, 2012 by Canadian Underwriter
The start of daylight savings time leaves B.C. drivers feeling less alert and a little more bleary, according to an ICBC survey.
According to the survey, 34% of drivers said the time shift does affect them and make them feel less alert, even though many are making an effort to help their bodies adapt.
Even though women generally have a lower crash risk compared to males, they report being more negatively impacted by the change, ICBC reported.
More than half of male drivers report getting enough sleep during the time change, which is good news, since they tend to have a higher crash risk.
“The change in our sleep cycle can cause unique dangers on our roads as some drivers will feel more fatigued than usual,” said Dr. John Vavrik, a psychologist with ICBC.
“Given that, it’s also encouraging to see that almost one-third of drivers actually go to bed earlier to adapt to the change.”
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