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As Daylight Saving Time approaches, officials warn of sleep-deprived driving

EL PASO, Texas -- Don't forget to change your clocks this weekend, it's Daylight Saving and that means you will lose an hour of sleep.

Kerran Fowlkes with Sunny Day Defensive Driving told ABC-7 getting less than five hours of sleep before driving can be dangerous for everyone on the road.

Fowlkes says it can impact one's ability to react and can impair your vision and coordination.

"If you notice you're tired while you're driving, pull over and take a power nap," said Fowlkes. "Take 20 minutes and get some rest. That's the best thing you can do if you notice you're constantly driving while you're tired."

Fowlkes also recommends not driving on the highway, which he says can be monotonous. Getting off the highway can help with alertness.

Overall, make sure you plan ahead and get plenty of sleep before you hit the road.

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Shelby Montgomery

Las Cruces native Shelby Montgomery is an ABC-7 reporter who also co-anchors Good Morning El Paso weekends.

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