By Jena Williams

At 2:00 am Sunday we were supposed to have switched our clocks back one hour. If you didn’t, then, so sorry, you are already late! Either way, though, please take extra caution on the roads and at work today.

A study by SleepBetter.org put a price on the switch to Daylight Savings Time (DST) by investigating peer-reviewed literature and developing a Lost-Hour Economic Index to rank metropolitan areas. Specifically, they looked at the increase in heart attacks, workplace injuries in mining and construction sectors and increased cyberloafing by office workers.

They found that it costs over $1.65 per capita for our nation to switch to DST. Morgantown, West Virginia ranks in worst place with a cost per capita of $3.37. The highest cost per capita in Washington State is the Bremerton-Silverdale area at $1.71, followed closely by Spokane at $1.70.

So why do we do DST?

The United States started observing Daylight Savings Time during World War I as a way to conserve energy. Why we still do it is anyone’s guess, in fact some states such as Arizona and Hawaii no longer observe it.

What about car crashes?

Various studies have shown that car crashes increase on the Monday after the switch to Daylight Savings Time. Studies also show that many crashes by tractor-trailers are actually caused by the four wheeling motor public so please be extra cautions around big rigs today.

What can we do to make driving around big-rigs safer?

It’s obvious if one thinks about that a big rig is much heavier than a commuter vehicle so it takes them much longer to stop. But often as we (the motoring public) are attempting to get from Point A to Point B, we forget about the needs of other vehicles on the road.

So to increase the safety of everyone, give big-rigs a wide berth. It takes them much longer to stop and their blind spots are enormous. If you can’t see a driver in their mirrors, then they cannot see you.

And please, if you wake up fatigued this morning. Hit snooze again and stay off the roads.

Sharing the Road with Tractor-Trailers: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/handbook/section2.3.3.shtml

History of Daylight Savings Time adoption: http://www.zimbio.com/Why+Do+We+Have+Daylight+Savings/articles/srmWOYL2cOf/history+Daylight+Savings+Time+adopted

Tips for dealing with DST: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/daylight-saving-time-spring-forward/story?id=15878343