• Mar 9th 2008 at 9:36AM
  • 13
Today is the day we give father time back the hour we stole from him last fall, and we're all a little tired as a result. If you're a frequent traveler or you don't have a 9-5 job, the change may mean little to you. For those of us with a set schedule, however, pushing forward the alarm clock increases your chance for a car accident.
The Detroit Free Press obtained from the Michigan State Police crash statistics for the average Monday vs. the Monday after the time change, and the numbers are pretty crazy. On an average Monday in March, there are 1,022 accidents in the state of Michigan, but on the Monday after the clocks are moved forward, the average amount of accidents between 2002 and 2006 jumped to 1,396. The good news, if there is any, is that there are fewer fatalities than average on Spring Forward Monday. Experts say sleep deprivation could be part of the problem, but bad weather could have also play a factor. Either way, try to hit the hay early tonight, make a beeline to the local beanery for some breakfast blend, and double-check the seat belt before you head to work tomorrow.

[Source: Freep]

Autoblog accepts vehicle loans from auto manufacturers with a tank of gas and sometimes insurance for the purpose of evaluation and editorial content. Like most of the auto news industry, we also sometimes accept travel, lodging and event access for vehicle drive and news coverage opportunities. Our opinions and criticism remain our own – we do not accept sponsored editorial.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 13 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      I never did get the point to this clocks forward clocks back thing. Why not just leave them forward the hour all year long. December is the worst month as far as our days being too short as you get North. Around here leaving the clocks ahead an hour year round would make it dark at 5pm instead of 4pm. That could make a big difference for evening commutes and for those of us who are not up at dawn every morning we would get an extra hour of sun.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't get it either.
        Just when the sun is coming up when it's time for me to wake up instead of me getting up in the dark, we set the clocks ahead and I have to wake up in the dark again - Stupid move.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hahaha i love the pic...

      seeing that its a situation between a corolla, a civic and really bad driver, im guessing this was on a college campus
      • 7 Years Ago
      The picture looks like a Corolla and a Civic are mating. The offspring would be a Toyonda Corvic.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hahaha, that is hilarious!
        I bet that would be one ugly baby!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I've been meaning to make a "side-by-side" comparison of the last gen Corolla and Civic, but this is even better! :-)
        • 7 Years Ago
        (in a U.K. English-accented voice)

        This is the Corolla in its native mating ritual. As you can see, its mating ritual is rather violent, as it has a nas-ty hahbit of spring-ing onto unsuspecting Civics.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Taken literally, headlines would be correct in reading: "Toyota Corolla tops Honda Civic" - this would usually refer to annual sales volumes but the picture speaks for itself.
      Michael
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like my driveway when my two sisters come and visit .
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anyone else think that it's impressive that the windows in the civic aren't even shattered? I know the roof in modern cars has to be strong, but jeez...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Congress created DST at the behest of business lobbyists.

      It sucks.

      http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=N2JhMmQxNjRkNjljZTdmNDM5MzFhNjcwMDc0YjE4ZDE=
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Today is the day we give father time back the hour we stole from him last fall"

      Nuh-uh. Standard time is exactly that, standard. It's Daylight Saving Time that's non-standard, and you might say we deposit one hour into Father Time's (or Mother Nature's) bank until we withdraw it in the fall. The interest (withdrawn daily) is the additional hour of daylight (not to be confused with an additional hour of *time*) that we get during waking hours during Daylight Saving Time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Personally, if I were to guess why accidents go up on the "spring forward", it wouldn't be anything to do with circadian rhythms or weather.

      It'd simply be people who had to be somewhere at a certain time, and who realized suddenly at some point that because they forgot about the time change they have left an hour late and so go out and drive faster to try to make up as much time as possible.

      Boss: "Jeff, you were supposed to be here 30 minutes ago, where are you?"
      Jeff: "No, I wasn't even going to leave for another 10 minu... OH NO! I'M GETTING IN THE CAR RIGHT NOW!"
    • Load More Comments
    Share This Photo X