Be well rested for Daylight Savings Time

Be aware of how your body adapts to the time change.
Be aware of how your body adapts to the time change.

ICBC is calling on drivers to get some extra rest this weekend to prepare for the shift to Daylight Saving Time, which kicks in Sunday (March 12) at 2 a.m.

Losing an hour of sleep may have an impact on your alertness and reaction time when driving. That's why ICBC is reminding drivers to be make an extra effort to adapt to the spring time change.

With more daylight during the late afternoon and early evening commutes, comes darker mornings. So it's important for drivers to be aware of the changes in visibility and variable weather conditions as winter technically turns to spring.

Here are ICBC's top five tips to help drivers adjust to the time change:

  • Plan to get to bed early on Saturday night and go to bed at your regular time on Sunday to be ready for the Monday commute.
  • Be aware of how your body adapts to the time change and how that may affect your ability to concentrate and avoid hazards.
  • The shift in time may mean that you're now driving home in brighter conditions. Make sure you have a pair of sunglasses in the car.
  • After many weeks of early sunrises and winter weather, expect darker morning commutes. To help improve visibility, clean all of your vehicle's headlights and check that they're all working properly.
  • Be prepared and watch for more cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians on the road as the weather improves. Remember to share the road.

It's always important, no matter what time of the year, to avoid distractions while driving. Leave your phone alone.

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