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AAA: Rest up this weekend


AAA's Lon Anderson. (Elliot Francis/WAMU)
AAA’s Lon Anderson.
(Elliot Francis/WAMU)

AAA wants you to get some sleep this weekend.

There are few things on which the two spokesmen for the automobile club — Lon Anderson and John B. Townsend Jr. — do not have a point of view, so it should come as no surprise that this weekend they are worried that you may suffer from a lack of sleep. Daylight savings time takes effect, with the clocks rolling forward by an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday.

That hour lost may make you drowsy when you begin the Monday morning commute. And you may be disoriented, AAA says, if it’s still dark out instead of the daybreak you experienced Friday, or if a rising sun blinds you as you’re eastbound.

“Each spring we go through the ritual of setting our clocks forward one hour. While some believe ‘just an hour’ of lost sleep is not significant, many people, who are already sleep deprived going into the weekend, are more likely to be impaired from an attention and safety standpoint,” Anderson said. “A change in time can affect people physically and drivers can be more tired than they realize.”

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says about 17 percent of fatal crashes, 13 percent of crashes resulting in hospitalization, and seven percent of all crashes requiring a tow involve a drowsy driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calculates that drowsy driving is to blame for more than 100,000 crashes a year.

Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.



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