Every year, a great share of the world's population experiences the same fascinating procedure of losing and gaining back one hour of sleep. Although this might not be extremely noticeable for each particular person, the effect on people behind the wheel is proven to exist. There is talk about the end of daylight saving time and its controversial meaning for road users.
The fall season can be memorable for a whole lot of peculiar events. For Europe, North America, and a number of countries, it’s also the exact period to get back to standard time. Setting the clocks back by one hour brings barely noticeable changes to the routines of many, leaving a mark on the traffic situation as well. The beneficial part is that it’s getting light earlier with the advent of standard time, which makes morning driving less dangerous. On the contrary, what used to be 6 PM, the approximate time to grow dark outside, is now only 5 in the evening, but the shade is already in place. Such a change both requires certain adjustments from the drivers themselves and shifts the whole hour of driving in the dark to the evening time, which is far from equivalent to the morning dusk experience.
As the US Department of Transportation reports, the majority of all pedestrian fatalities throughout the year happen in the evening hours of standard time months. That is predominantly between 5 and 7 PM in the winter and fall. And driving at that time has been proven to be more risky for a reason. Such simple human conditions as drowsiness and tiredness play a major role here. It’s much easier to get distracted on the road after a long working day, having reduced concentration. The difference in the intensity of the morning and evening rush hours is another attribute. Statistically, evening rush hours are more congested, which also increases the probability of car accident occurrence.
The end of daylight saving time always commemorates some sort of change for humans’ biorhythms, which impairs driving abilities as well as affects the general situation on the roads. Nightfall or daybreak, the human factor is always there. People can’t yet see that clearly in the dark and are able to feel fatigue at times. However, smart cameras with artificial intelligence features don’t fall into these categories. Check out ROADIA's most recent traffic safety innovation and help to contribute to secure driving and better roads today.