Nearest broker: Searching for a broker nearby…
Nearest broker: Sudbury Phone: (705) 523-2030 Penetanguishene Phone: (705) 549-7437 Ottawa Phone: (613) 733-3312 Parry Sound Phone: (705) 746-2441 Orillia Phone: (705) 325-4234 Kemptville Phone: (613) 258-5991 Eganville Phone: (800) 884-1045 Petawawa Phone: (613) 687-4805 Belleville Phone: (800) 361-0941 Winchester Phone: (800) 487-3706 Wellington Phone: (613) 399-3620 Trenton Phone: (877) 455-0299 Prescott Phone: (877) 504-3569 Picton Phone: (888) 475-2776 Peterborough Phone: (800) 958 2270 Perth Phone: (877) 248-1222 Pembroke Phone: (877) 399-3299 Oshawa Phone: (800) 887-7309 North Bay Phone: (705) 475-0001 Napanee Phone: (613) 354-2152 Morrisburg Phone: (800) 806-0746 Midland Phone: (888) 737-6465 Madoc Phone: (613) 473-5266 Kingston Phone: (800) 590-5422 Gananoque Phone: (800) 932-2131 Embrun Phone: (866) 853-4740 Crysler Phone: (888) 292-7098 Courtice Phone: (888) 761-0443 Cornwall Phone: (844) 463-3616 Cobourg Phone: (800) 895-5902 Carleton Place Phone: (888) 237-9517 Brockville Phone: (888) 345-8663 Brighton Phone: (613) 475-1430 Barry’s Bay Phone: (866) 845-2123 Barrie Phone: (705) 726-3350 Bancroft Phone: (800) 994-0036 Arnprior Phone: (800) 668-7337
Get a Quote
Open Menu
Spring Forward reminder advertisement

Drive Safe Tips for Daylight Savings Time

Here we go again – that time of the year where we adjust our clocks in hopes of maximizing daylight hours. The fall back is easier in that we gain an hour; however, the spring forward always carries with it the moans and groans of losing that hour.

On Sunday, March 12th at precisely 2am we spring forward into Daylight Savings Time (DST), and we lose that hour of sleep. It may be darker in the morning, but we make up for it as we gain that hour of daylight in the evening. Some do not even notice the difference, yet others will feel out of sorts for days afterwards.

Losing an hour of sleep is pretty tough on our bodies; it affects our moods, appetites and actually can make you a little more accident prone. The hardest hit are those on shift work or those who have irregular sleep patterns. Your body’s internal clock is pretty accustomed to routine, and although your brain knows that the time has changed, your body’s circadian rhythm needs time to adjust.

Sleeping baby

There are a few things you can do in order to prepare yourself for this hour loss; they may seem small and simple but know this, they could just save your life! There have been studies that show a rise in car accidents on the first workday after DST. From a recent article in The Globe and Mail:

“The loss of one hour’s sleep associated with the spring shift to daylight savings time increased the risk of accidents,” one study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, concluded.

Here are a few tips to help you adjust to the change:

Start early

Reset one clock in your home back by one hour and then try and schedule your daily routine to that clock.

Go to bed earlier

This weekend, try heading to bed earlier – even if it is just by 15 minutes a night. This can make a big difference.

Control light and dark

In the morning, lighten up the place, open blinds and turn lights up. This will send a message to your body to wake.  In the evening, do the opposite and most importantly, turn off the electronics, this will tell your body it is time to wind down.

Get outside and exercise

Not only is this good for you physically, getting that extra sunshine will increase your vitamin D levels – good for your body in so many ways, but important at this time of the year, it increases serotonin levels to help you keep smiling!

Don’t drive distracted

Of course this is important all year long – but even more so after Daylight Savings Time. If you feel the effects at all of losing that hour of sleep, you need all of your attention on the road during your morning commute. This means no coffee on the drive (save it for the office), eat your breakfast at home and put that cell phone away.

Check, replace, renew

Daylight Savings Time in the spring is also the time we should be checking those carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to ensure they are in good working order. If you haven’t already, replace the batteries. This time of year is also a good time to check on your car insurance premiums. Are you getting the best rates available to you? Just like the time, car insurance rates change too.

Hopefully these suggestions will help you adjust more easily to this biannual time change.

No comments found.
Anonymous User

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You Might Want to Read

Meet the Dougallers: Rebecca Slaughter
Meet the Dougallers is back with Rebecca Slaughter who is part of our new office in Petawawa! We sat her down to find out a...
Welcome Burr Insurance to the Team!
Burr, is it cold in here? Not anymore, we are heating things up with the addition of Burr Insurance to the McDougall Insurance team! Burr...
McDougall Family Fund 2021!
Our McDougall Family Fund is back! Go to our Facebook Page for full details. What is the McDougall Family Fund Contest? This is our 8th...
Request a Free Quote

It’s simple and won’t take long.

Get a Quote800-361-0941

Person standing, looking down at laptop