This weekend marks the end of Daylight Saving Time! Time has been pushed forward since March, but it’s time to fall back an hour. A lot of people love the end of Daylight Saving Time because it means you get to sleep an extra hour. What feels like 9 a.m. is still only 8 a.m. – how great is that? With the time change comes an adjustment to sunrise and sunset. Now that it gets darker sooner and the days are shorter, you may find yourself driving home form work or school during sunset or even in the dark. If you’re unaccustomed to this, you may want to brush up on some safe driving tips from our Clermont Toyota dealership!
Take on the time change with safe driving
With the end of Daylight Saving Time, the sun begins to set at the peak of rush hour traffic and going out to dinner or to the grocery store may involve turning on those headlights! To help keep you and other drivers safe while adjusting to the time change, Toyota of Clermont is sharing safe driving tips!
- Get enough rest. The time change can lead to feelings of fatigue! If you’re tired and exhausted, you should not get behind the wheel. Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving! To prevent feeling sleepy while in the driver’s seat, make sure you get to bed on time! If you’re starting to feel drowsy around the end of your work day, do some jumping jacks or get some caffeine in your system!
- Avoid sun glare. Sunsets can be intense at the end of Daylight Saving Time. In preparation for the shorter days, make sure your sun visors work and you have a pair of sunglasses on hand! Ensure that you can block sun out of your eyes! Bright sunlight can diminish safe driving techniques because you can’t see as well. When the sun starts shining too bright, just pull down your sun visor or put on your sunglasses so you can see the road in front of you!
- Use defensive driving techniques. For safe driving, it’s important that you drive defensively. Defensive driving includes wearing your seat belt, abiding by road rules, and obeying speed limits. Leave following space between your Clermont Toyota and the car in front of you. This distance leaves you more reaction time in case of sudden stops.
Pay attention to pedestrians near your Clermont Toyota!
The end of Daylight Saving Time can be dangerous for drivers AND pedestrians. Sun glare and earlier sunsets can be dangerous for those walking or riding a bicycle. If you’re driving, keep your head on a swivel and stay aware. Pay attention for any pedestrians or bicylists that are around or near your Clermont Toyota. Use your headlights and do not block any crosswalks. Ensure that you can see them and they can see you!
For more tips on safe driving for the time change, stop by Toyota of Clermont at 16851 State Road 50! We’re located between the Florida Turnpike and Highway 27!