If there are two things that are true in this world, it is that the end of Daylight Savings Time, when the days get darker, isn’t fun for anyone, and that Oregon Friendly Driver is a great program to help you become a safer road user.
As the skies get darker earlier in the evening, literally overnight, drivers have to quickly adjust to the lack of light on their commute. While studies show that there isn’t a correlation between increased auto accidents and the time change, the darker evenings are a good reminder to be on the lookout for people walking and biking on the road.
Remember, even though the sky might look like it is 6pm, it is really 5pm which means many people are heading home from work. Be sure to constantly check your blindspots, and stop for pedestrians at all intersections. Remember for those biking, they are also adjusting to riding in the dark, and may not be used to navigating in the dark quite yet. Give them adequate fall distance, being sure to only pass when it is safe to do so.
Daylight Savings Time and the time changes that come with it are a fact of life for Americans right now, but that doesn’t mean we cannot do all we can to be safe road users. Take the Oregon Friendly Driver course today and join those who are already taking the pledge to help everyone get to where they need to go safely.