A Groggy Driver is a Dangerous Driver

    BURNABY, BC, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - When the autumn time change comes around,
many of us look forward to that "extra" hour of sleep. As it turns out, our
circadian rhythms (body clocks) are not good at adjusting to the time change
    Daylight savings time reflects a change in social clocks not biological
ones and studies are showing that we don't actually adjust to these time
changes so easily. Although we like to think we are getting an extra hour of
sleep, our bodies are still groggy and that will have an affect of everything
we do including driving.
    A groggy driver is a dangerous driver. Fatigue or sleep deprivation can
impair the brain functions as much as alcohol reducing the mind and body's
responses in emergency situations.
    Sleep related collisions are very common and range from hitting a car or
pedestrian in an intersection, to rear-ending the vehicle in front or you, to
veering off of the road and hitting a parked car or a telephone pole.
    It's not just the morning commute that people need to deal with says
David Dunne, director of provincial programs for the BCAA Traffic Safety
Foundation. "That cup of coffee may make you feel like you can get through the
morning, but when the caffeine wears off in the afternoon, your system will
crash and you may be even more tired during the drive home."
    Sleep is what your body really needs to be able to function properly. The
BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation suggest adjusting your sleeping patterns before
the time change takes effect to allow your body to get the full amount of
sleep that it needs and avoiding caffeine or other substances to "wake you
    Various studies indicate that the lack of daylight during the evening
commute home often results in an increased number of traffic related deaths
and serious injuries.

    About BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation

    The BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation is a non-profit registered charity
working with families, communities and business partners to reduce the number
and severity of traffic crashes and injuries in B.C. For more information
visit www.BCAATSF.ca or call 604-298-5107.

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For further information:

For further information: Lennea Durant, Media Relations, BCAA Traffic
Safety Foundation, Tel: (604) 875-1182, E-mail: lenneadurant@shaw.ca; Allan
Lamb, Executive Director, BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, Tel: (604) 297-2151,
E-mail: allan.lamb@tsf-bcaa.com

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