Daylight Savings Time – How to Adjust as a Truck Driver

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 8, 2020.

While it doesn’t seem like much, experts say the loss of just the one hour when daylight savings time begins can mess with our body clock.  Studies link “springing forward” to an increase in stroke, heart attacks, workplace injuries and auto accidents.  According to a new study by the University of Colorado at Boulder, fatal car accidents in the U.S. spike by 6% during the workweek following the “spring forward”.

semi truck driving by sunset

Follow these tips to stay safe on the road after the time change:

  • Be aware that the time change may affect you – Stay Alert!
  • Remember drowsy driving is impaired driving – If you get drowsy, pull off the road until you’re ready to drive safely.
  • Adjust your sleep schedule – Start going to bed about 15 minutes earlier each day until the time change so your body has time to adjust gradually.
  • Check your lights – Mornings will be darker.  Make sure your head, tail, brake, and signal lights are working and clean.
  • Don’t forget your sunglasses – You may be driving home now while the day is still bright.

For more safe driving tips, visit transforce.com/blog.