National Road Safety Foundation studies show that auto accidents increase after the clocks fall back an hour in autumn. It takes time for drivers to acclimate to the decreased visibility during rush hour. And drivers may be more fatigued during this time, reducing their perception and reaction time.


  • Remind employees of the increased risk due to the decrease in motorist visibility.
  • Increase worker visibility measures typically put into place for night work.
  • Make sure high visibility clothing is clean and in good condition.
  • Replace worn, damaged or dirty high visibility clothing.
  • Ensure that temporary traffic control devices are regularly maintained.
  • Make sure lane guidance and signage provide motorists with ample visual cues and minimal confusion.
  • Consider implementing portable lighting to offset less daylight and increased cloud cover.

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