Driving-car-safetyWe did our “spring ahead” and the days are getting longer – yippee!

With the changing of the clocks, the sun is once again coming up at about 7 a.m., which means for many of us that we are traveling to and from work before it is completely light out. So, it’s important to use your headlights when driving around dawn or dusk hours. It makes a difference when it comes to car safety.

Vermont law requires headlights to be used in conditions of insufficient light, adverse weather, or when visibility is less than 500 feet. The laws also require that they be used 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise.

Headlights not only light the road for you, but they allow other motorists to see you. Studies have shown that driving with low beam headlights on during the daytime reduces the risk of head-on collisions by more than 20 percent.

As a reminder, parking lights are to be used only when your vehicle is parked. If you can see and be seen, you and everyone will be safer on the road!

Learn more about the Child Passenger Safety Program at the UVM Medical Center. 

Maureen Johnson is a child passenger safety specialist who works in trauma services at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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