2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 05:39
At the weekend it's that time again: the clocks will be switched from winter to summer time. Motorists in particular should pay attention to this fact.
Winter time ends on Sunday night and the clocks are set to summer time. This means that the clocks are put forward by one hour - from 2:00 to 3:00 a.m. Like every year at the end of March this night is shortened by an hour. Although many people can compensate for the reduced night's sleep on Sundays a little, drivers in particular should pay attention to the time change.
It takes a while for the body to get used to the time change. The sleep rhythm can be disturbed for several days. Fatigue and lack of concentration are the consequences. Those who haven't had enough sleep have a higher risk of accidents. If you suffer from tiredness in the morning, it is best to take more breaks on longer journeys or, in extreme cases, prefer to leave the car behind.
Unfocused road users
By turning the clocks ahead, it temporarily stays dark longer in the morning. Drivers should pay particular attention to pedestrians in the morning rush hour. These road users also have to struggle with the effects of the summer time changeover and can, for example, suddenly step onto the lane due to lack of concentration or ignore traffic lights. In addition, pedestrians are more difficult to recognize again in the first few weeks after the time change.
In addition, the risk of accidents involving wildlife increases. The wild animals do not orient themselves by clocks, but by the lighting conditions. However, since commuters will be on the road an hour earlier than before from the end of March, there is a great risk of meeting animals at dawn. Drivers should therefore be particularly attentive on country roads in particular and pay attention to road signs in advance that indicate danger areas due to deer crossing.
Watch out for game
If wild animals appear on the road or at the roadside, drivers should dim the high beam and honk. If a single deer or a wild boar turns up, you have to reckon with more animals from the pack. If an animal suddenly runs onto the road, you step on the brakes. If a collision cannot be avoided, hold the steering wheel and brake. Drivers should avoid risky evasive maneuvers. A collision with another car or a tree is usually more dangerous than a collision with an animal.
Last but not least, it is important to take a look at the timepieces in the vehicle. If you do not want to drive with an incorrectly set clock until the changeover to winter time on October 25, you should set it to the current time. In some vehicles this happens similarly to radio clocks at home or automatically with smartphones, in others you have to change the time manually. Depending on the vehicle type, this can be done using the rotary pushbutton or by making entries in the menu. (SP-X)
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