NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The arrival of daylight saving time also means a spike in car crashes.

According to a study by the University of British Columbia, the number of wrecks climbs 17 percent during the first week after the clocks spring forward, 1010 WINS’ Kevin Rincon reported.

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“It’s this change in people’s sleep patterns that really affects their driving, and many of them just can’t get a good night’s sleep for a few days after daylight savings time is put into effect,” said “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz, former New York City traffic commissioner.

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On Route 21 in Newark, some drivers were struggling with the time change Sunday morning.

“Yeah, first day, but after that it’s a normal routine,” said one driver, who added he isn’t surprised by the research data.

Another man who works overnight said “maybe after one week” he will have fully adjusted.

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Experts suggest that people get extra sleep and, if possible, try to arrive at work a little later than usual Monday.