Time change this weekend means all road users need to use more caution



    VANCOUVER, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - British Columbians will be setting back their
clocks this Sunday, a week later than usual after the province adopted changes
to Daylight Saving Time (DST) that aligns us with the United States and much
of Canada. With the time change, drivers should remember to use caution and
leave extra time to get to their destinations - particularly during the Monday
commute.
    "With nightfall arriving earlier, starting next week your commute home
from work or school will likely be in the dark in most areas of the province,"
says John Les, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor general. "Combined with
the adjustment in waking time, our internal clocks can be thrown off
temporarily. We're asking anyone that's driving, cycling or walking to be
extra careful."
    Les added that worsening weather and road conditions can also make this
week's commute more dangerous than usual. "Slowing down in poor weather and
properly equipping your vehicle for winter driving conditions is essential to
staying safer on our roads," he said.
    Crash statistics illustrate the higher driving risk the first work day
after Daylight Savings ends. Looking at the Monday following the fall time
change in 2006, there were 790 crash incidents, compared to 640 incidents the
Monday before the time change.
    On average, the first Monday after the fall time change saw an 18 per
cent increase in crash incidents, and 20 per cent increase in injuries,
compared to the Monday before the time change (2003-2006). The average cost to
ICBC customers for crash incidents following the fall time change (2003-2006)
was $8 million.

    
    Here are some fall season driving tips:

    -   Reduced light conditions can make it more difficult to see
        pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. Drivers need to be
        especially vigilant.
    -   Slow down and keep your distance. It takes longer to stop on wet
        pavement or on pavement covered with leaves or mud.
    -   Use your headlights at all times to ensure you are visible to
        pedestrians and other vehicles.
    -   To avoid being blinded by the headlights of an approaching vehicle,
        look toward the right side of your lane until the approaching car
        passes.
    





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For further information: Kate Best, (604) 982-2480; Alyson
Gourley-Cramer (North Central), (250) 561-5006; Ryan Detwiller (Southern
Interior), (250) 979-4612; Tamara McLean (Vancouver Island), (250) 414-7883

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