Driving tips for end of daylight saving time.
Daylight saving time came to an end this week, and that means that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians need to pay extra attention to the change in traveling conditions.
The late afternoon and early evening commutes now take place at dusk or in darkness, which according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is when traffic fatalities are three times more likely to take place. Below are tips to help keep you and others safe.
• Protect your eyes from sun and headlight glare;
• Wipe off your headlights and keep your windshield clean inside and out;
• Slow down; and
• Look for pedestrians, bicyclists, and deer along the roadway, and remember deer are more active at night.
For cyclists and pedestrians:
• Wear brightly colored clothing, ideally with fluorescent or reflective gear;
• Starting Dec. 1, state law requires cyclists riding between sunset and sunrise to have a light on the front of their bike that can be seen at least 100 yards away, and to have a red lamp or mirror on the back of their bike; and
• Avoid jaywalking and crossing between parked vehicles. You are much more visible using the crosswalk.
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