UTICA -- Local 'AAA' employees urge drivers to stay well rested amidst daylight saving.
Clocks will be set forward Sunday, March 11th at 2 a.m. The time change means an hour less of sleep for the Sunday night/Monday morning period.
Ed Welsh, Regional General Manager of the local 'AAA', says getting enough sleep during daylight savings could prevent car accidents.
He says drowsy driving is a big problem, especially during daylight savings. Losing an hour of sleep means there are potential drowsy drivers on the road.
He also says drowsy driving crashes are 10 percent higher than originally expected.
"We say you know what, I'll catch up on sleep later," Welsh said. "A lot of times that doesn't work so well, we end up being drowsy. We get behind the wheel of the car. We have to do what we have to do everyday, we're all busy folks. But I think that, we got to pay attention to what's good for our health. And I think a little more sleep is important once in a while, but we don't want to be sleep deprived and we certainly don't want to have to build that deficit of sleep that happens if you don't get enough sleep."
Welsh recommends going to bed early on Sunday in order to adjust to the time change. He says Monday morning you should make sure to use your headlights and watch out for pedestrians while you're driving.
He says 'AAA' employees are always available whenever anyone needs help.