Just in case you've forgotten, this is the weekend the country returns to Daylight Saving Time. That means we turn the clocks ahead one hour Saturday night / Sunday morning.

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, just a one hour time change can disrupt your sleep patterns resulting in drowsy driving.

It's estimated that each year, nearly 100 thousand police-reported crashes take place due to driver fatigue; many of those occurring the week after the Spring time change.

Following is a list of safety tips to better prepare for the time change:

For motorists:

  • In the early morning hours, watch out for pedestrians when backing up in parking lots or driveways. Also, turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.
  • Leave more following room. When the sun is in your eyes, it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing.
  • Invest in polarized sunglasses; they can help reduce glare.

For pedestrians:

  • Cross only at intersections or crosswalks, and only cross when it is clear. Also, don't jaywalk or cross between parked cars.
  • Evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street.
  • Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that doesn't have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.

Also with the time change, chances are more children, pedestrians, walkers, joggers and bicyclists will be active outdoors.  Whether you're a motorist, pedestrian or bicyclist - be courteous and cautious!

(Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)