AAA advises drivers and pedestrians on safety as clocks roll back

Thu, November 3, 2022 9:40 AM

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Do you struggle with gloomy mornings on the way to work and when the kids are heading to school? That’s about to change.

With Daylight Savings Time ending Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m., Americans will “fall back” and set their clocks back one hour from standard time. While many motorists will benefit from an extra hour of sleep, they should be aware of the time change and potential distractions to their normal routine. There are additional dangers that can result from a time change, especially while driving.

Earlier sunset and darkness can lead to an increase in the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured by vehicles. Therefore, drivers, pedestrians, joggers, walkers and cyclists will need to use safety measures in order to be seen on the roads. AAA advises motorists and pedestrians to remember the following tips to stay safe:

Advice for motorists


√ Always be aware of pedestrians when backing into parking lots or driveways. Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.

√ Leave more next room. In the morning, when the sun is in your eyes, it can be hard to see what the car in front of you is doing. Use sunglasses and your sun visor.

√ Watch out for children and other people outside in the afternoon and evening, as it gets dark earlier.

√ Remember to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. Do not overtake vehicles stopped at pedestrian crossings.

√ Pay attention and eliminate all distractions, including cell phones and car clocks that are off by one hour.

√ Scan the road for wildlife, mainly deer. There were 34,064 animal-related accidents in New York City in 2021, often outside daylight hours.

Maintenance of the car

√ With 50% of crashes occurring at night, drivers should check their headlights for signs of deterioration and invest in new headlights – or, at a minimum, low-cost headlight cleaning and restoration to enhance road safety. driving after dark.

• Headlights may show signs of deterioration after three years, but most often by year five.

√ AAA suggests drivers check their headlights for appearance changes such as yellowing or clouding. If the bulb is hard to see, it’s time to replace or restore the lens as soon as possible. Replacement and restoration services are available at most repair shops, including AAA Authorized Auto Repair Centers.

Advice for pedestrians

√ Cross only at intersections or crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again and only cross when it’s clear. Do not jaywalk or cross between parked cars.

√ Assess the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before exiting to the street.

√ Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you must walk on a road that has no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.

√ See and be seen. Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing and/or accessories.

√ When walking, pocket the cell phone and avoid listening to headphones at a volume that prevents you from hearing approaching danger.

DST begins March 12, 2023. If the Sun Protection Act, which the Senate passed in March 2022, is approved by the House and signed into law by President Joe Biden, permanent DST would come into effect on November 5, 2023, eliminating semi-annual clock changes.

As the largest member services organization in Upstate New York, AAA Western and Central New York provides more than 887,000 members with travel, insurance, financial, and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at

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