While 2020 has been different in almost every way, one thing has stayed the same…Daylight Saving Time ends the 1st Sunday in November. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1st, it is time to turn your clocks back by one hour. The time change shifts daylight back into the morning hours, but means you’ll be driving home in the dark after work on Monday. For drivers, it can be hard to change to standard time and driving in the dusk/dark. We have working crews on the roads, so we take road safety seriously at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service.
As we all fall back and adjust to the time change, here are some road safety tips:
- Keep your regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time you normally would so you can benefit from that extra hour of sleep.
- Before you pull out of the driveway, clean your headlights, brake lights, and signal lights.
- Give yourself extra time time to get where you want to go.
- Approach all crosswalks, intersections and transit stops with caution, as it will be harder to see pedestrians.
- Heed the speed limits and adjust your speed accordingly to the weather conditions.
- Maintain a safe following distance so you’re prepared to react.
While not road safety, we recommend that when you change your clock, also check and “Change Your Batteries!”
Every fall, Energizer works to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when changing your clocks. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. This emphasizes how important it is to take this time each year to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
FALL BACK FACTS to share this weekend!
- The U.S. Department of Transportation is in charge of time in the U.S., including time zones and daylight saving time.
- Correct name is DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST) – not Savings.
- Hawaii & Arizona are the only states that do not observe it. Although some territories also abstain.
- DST lasts for 8 months out of the year, while standard time is only 4 months long.
- Daylight Saving Time returns March 14, 2021.