With Daylight Saving Time turning back our clocks on Nov. 6, the daylight that typically aligns with our routines starts to have a sneaky effect on our alertness behind the wheel.
Though we gain an hour of sleep, it means darker drives home and heavier eyelids as our internal clocks try their best to adjust to the change.
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (promoted by the National Sleep Foundation) reminds us that most people aren’t great at determining when they’re too tired to drive.
They share key warning signs to look out for – young drivers especially should take note since more than half of fall-asleep crashes involve drivers ages 25 or younger.
Know the teen drowsy driving facts – you may be too tired to drive, if:
You have trouble focusing, keeping your eyes open, or your head up
You yawn or rub your eyes repeatedly
You find yourself daydreaming or your thoughts wander
You drift from your lane, or miss signs or exits
You turn up the radio or roll down the window to stay alert.
It’s a combination of physiology and inexperience that puts teens at risk for distracted and drowsy driving, but we’ll all feel the effects of darker days. It’s important to pull over at a safe place or switch drivers if you notice signs of fatigue or drowsiness.