Car Insurance Co. Issues Daylight-Saving Advisory

Clock with "time for change" written on faceAuto insurance provider AAA has published a safety notice for drivers warning of possible road hazards resulting from the Sunday, Nov. 7, change to standard time.

Since clocks will be turned back one hour, dusk and reduced visibility will come earlier, and there may be more distracting glare during the soon-to-be-brighter morning commute.

The research on whether the change from daylight-saving to standard time actually causes an uptick in accidents is mixed.

European studies have shown no significant rise in traffic accidents during transitions into and out of daylight saving time.

But older reports from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and other researchers have shown that there is a 1.2-percent reduction in the number of traffic fatalities and a 5-percent reduction in the number of crashes fatal to pedestrians during daylight saving time when compared to standard time.

Another study, published in Accident Analysis & Prevention in 2004, asserted that if the United States kept daylight saving time year round, there were would be a projected 3-percent reduction in the yearly total of vehicle occupant fatalities.

Whether there is a significant statistical change or not, the car insurance company recommends that drivers be prepared for the change. Staying safe on the road won’t only help improve safety; it will also help the chances of securing low cost auto insurance.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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