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Driving After The Clocks Change

Take care when driving after the clocks change

So it’s that time of year again when the clocks ‘spring forward’ an hour and so starts British Summer Time. Most of us would consider losing an hour in bed is worth it for the longer, lighter days ahead, but could such time shifts, in fact, be bad for you?

There are several studies that seem to show increases in strokes and heart attacks after the clocks change. The exact causes of this effect on strokes and heart attacks isn’t clear, however some experts believe it could be down to the disruption to our body clock.

More interestingly there are more road accidents in the days following a change in the clocks. This is possibly due to tiredness after losing an hour of sleep. A study conducted in the U.S. found a 6.3 percent increase in fatal crashes when the clocks go forward in to Summer Time.

According to Marks and Spencer Car Insurance, it takes 49% of us time to get used to the clocks going forward. With darker conditions in the mornings some drivers take up to a week to readjust. This is not really helpful if you need to be alert on your commute to work or run to school.

Stay vigilant in the first week after the switch, and try to ensure driving is the sole focus of your concentration. The one-hour change could make driving more pleasurable, but it won’t make an hour’s less sleep any easier to cope with.