ICBC Urges Drivers to be Extra-Cautious Next Week following Daylight Savings Time Adjustment

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - As British Columbians set back their clocks
this Saturday for Daylight Savings Time (DST), ICBC is reminding drivers,
cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care next week due to the grogginess
some people may feel.
    The time change can have a significant effect on some people's sleep
patterns, resulting in a disruption to their circadian rhythms or 'biological
clock.' When Daylight Savings ends, drivers have to adjust to a shorter day
and commute in darker conditions. Combined with worsening weather and road
conditions, it can be a dangerous combination. Drivers, cyclists and
pedestrians should remember to use caution and leave extra time to get to
their destinations - particularly during the Monday commute.
    Crash statistics illustrate a higher driving risk the first work day
after Daylight Savings ends. According to the five year average (2003-2007),
on the Monday following the fall time change there were 850 crash incidents,
compared to 740 incidents the Monday before the time change.
    According to the five year average, the first Monday after the fall time
change saw a 15 per cent increase in crash incidents, and 17 per cent increase
in casualties, compared to the Monday before the time change (2003-2007). The
average cost to ICBC customers for crash incidents following the fall time
change (2003-2007) was $6.3 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.

    -   Use your headlights at all times to ensure you are visible to
        pedestrians and other vehicles.

    -   Make sure your headlights are clean (splattered mud can cloud them)
        and that all bulbs (both high and low beam) are working properly.

    -   Try to get to bed earlier - and to help yourself to fall asleep
        faster, exercise during the day, have a hot bath or shower before
        going to bed and treat yourself to a book and a warm glass of milk.

    -   Plan to take more time driving to and from work next week. The roads
        will be busy, and excessive speed is the number one cause of crashes.

    -   Slow down and keep your distance. It takes longer to stop on wet
        pavement or on pavement covered with leaves or mud.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Kathy Taylor, (604) 816-7983

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