Road and home safety tips for Daylight Saving Time

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CNW - As the winter season drags on, many Canadians are looking forward to an extra hour of daylight as we turn the clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 9, at 2 a.m.

During this transition, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reminds you to be mindful of road and home safety as we "spring forward."

Losing an hour of sleep can be hard on the body. In addition to losing sleep, the changes you have to make to your schedule can cause fatigue. This can lead to fatigue impairment, which can be dangerous when driving. Like alcohol, fatigue impairment slows a driver's reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases the risk of crashing.

Be extra cautious when driving in the days after the return to Daylight Saving Time:

Start your trip well rested, plan to take breaks every two hours and avoid driving between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m., when your body naturally craves sleep.

If you feel tired, don't drive.

If you notice any of the symptoms of fatigue - such as loss of concentration, drifting out of your lane or nodding off - pull off the road to a safe spot and have a rest.

Find out if you're at risk of fatigue impairment. Remember: If you're driving tired, you're driving impaired.

It's also a good idea to get into the habit of doing a safety check around your home each time you adjust the clocks.

Make the following tasks part of your Daylight Saving Time routine:

Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Once the batteries are replaced, test these devices to ensure they work properly.

Prepare or restock an emergency supply kit for your home.

Prepare or restock an emergency supply kit for your vehicle.

Check your home, yard and shed for hazardous materials and carefully discard any that are outdated, no longer used or in poor condition.

Organizations: Insurance Bureau of Canada

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