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Now that daylight saving time has ended, our evening commutes will be much darker -- and this means we need to me more vigilant on the roads.
In British Columbia the Insurance Bureau of British Columbia (ICBC) has reported a general increase in the average number of collisions during the late afternoon commute in the two weeks following the end of daylight saving time, compared to the two weeks prior to the change. Additionally, a study by Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania has found that pedestrians in general are three times more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle in the first weeks after the fall time-change than in the weeks prior.
It's hard to dispute the findings of that study; after all, we aren't used to dealing with darkness at 4:30 or 5:00pm! Additionally, because our autumns in the GTA are often rainy, this can also mean wet and dark conditions, i.e. perfectly dangerous driving conditions.
Here are some tips from Carranza LLP to help you drive safely after the end of daylight saving time:
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