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What tips or advice do you have to help people adapt to the change in time and avoid car accidents or car wrecks?

The change to Daylight Savings Time this week may allow everyone to enjoy an extra hour of daylight after work and school. However, the lost hour may be associated with some health risks that people should be aware of in order to avoid the possiblity of car accidents or car wrecks which result in serious injury.

Studies show that there is an increase in car crashes in the week after changing the clock forward an hour. Sleep habits change and accidents happen when a person is deprived of sleep. For a person with good sleeping habits it takes about five (5) days to adapt to the time change. A person without good sleep habits may take longer to adapt. The loss of sleep also adds stress and distractions to people operating cars and heavy machinery.

To ease the transition to Daylight Savings Time and avoid accidents some suggestions are to increase exercise and immediately try to expose yourself to daylight upon waking up.

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