Are You Ready for the End of Daylight Saving Time?

Dark-driving

The darkness of winter is again setting in, which means it's time to set the clocks back. Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 3 in most parts of the country. That means commuters everywhere will be spending much more time driving in the dark — something a lot of us haven't had to do much of for months.

While a little darkness doesn't sound like a big deal, it'll be harder to see and easier to fall asleep at the wheel, especially after a long day at work. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each year 100,000 crashes reported to police are caused by drowsy driving or driver fatigue. It takes its toll on pedestrians, too. NHTSA reports that more than half of all fatal pedestrian crashes involving children ages 5 through 18 occur in low light or dark conditions.

Use the following safety tips from NHTSA and the Department of Transportation to make sure you see and are seen on the road.

Tips for Drivers
  • Check all vehicle lights to ensure they work properly: headlights, parking lights, turn signals/emergency flashers, brake lights, tail and marker lights, interior lights and instrumentation lighting.
  • Check your mirrors and make sure they're crack-free.
  • Make sure your vehicle's headlights are aimed properly. To do this, shine the headlights on a wall about 25 feet away. If one light is higher than the other, the aim needs to be adjusted.
  • Use the night setting on your rearview mirror to avoid glare from headlights.
  • Be courteous with your high beams. Switch them over as oncoming vehicles approach.
  • Drive cautiously. Be alert and watchful for bicyclists and pedestrians on the roadside, as well as at crosswalks. They may not see or hear you coming.
  • Supervise small children as they enter and exit the vehicle, especially when parking on a street. Make them use a curbside door away from traffic.
  • Make sure to remove sunglasses at dusk — drivers often forget they are wearing them.
  • Keep your eyes moving from side to side while driving instead of focusing on the center line or the road ahead. This keeps your eyes adjusted to the dark and helps avoid "highway hypnosis," a state which impairs reaction time.
  • Be sure you are well-rested. Do not drive if you feel drowsy.

Tips for Pedestrians

  • Wear brightly colored clothing or reflective gear that is easily illuminated by a vehicle's headlights.
  • Use crosswalks. Do not jaywalk.
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Walk on sidewalks when possible, facing oncoming traffic.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 31, 2013 | Comments (8)

Comments 

Danny

I wish they'd end Daylight Savings time. When I lived in Indianapolis they didn't observe DST and it was great!

Rockaby

Did you not read the article?
"Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 3 in most parts of the country."

They are ending it just like you wanted!

/joke

A. Non E. Mouse

As someone who actually likes to get out of the house after work, I heartily enjoy daylight savings time and the extra hours of daylight where I can use it. I am sick and tired of all the whiny DST haters, most of whom probably never even bother to step outside in the evening.

As for the article itself, I have to wonder if nobody ever drives at night other than in winter? These driving tips make sense all year round, but as a society we seem to act surprised that winter comes along with earlier sunsets. This should not be a surprise!

Then again, every winter at first snowfall we get to see how everyone forgot how to drive in the snow as they slip and slide all over the place.

When all the local stores sell out of snow shovels I am often left wondering what happened to everyone's shovel at the end of last winter?

Aaron

"As someone who actually likes to get out of the house after work, I heartily enjoy daylight savings time and the extra hours of daylight where I can use it. I am sick and tired of all the whiny DST haters, most of whom probably never even bother to step outside in the evening"

If you want to get up an hour earlier and go to bed an hour earlier, just do so. Why do you need to change a clock to do that?

A. Non E. Mouse

Because my work hours are the same no matter if it is standard time or daylight time. And I can't BBQ dinner at breakfast time. It is time for you DST haters to just suck it up and deal with it, like you don't have any other worries in life that are far more important.

George

DST is such a waste.
Doesn't improve national productivity.

Have you seen what globalization and 'free trade' has done to this country?
Low quality chinese junk, and the prices aren't very low anymore. No manufacturing base left here.

J

Just because you like it does not mean everyone has to suffer.

Those of us have to deal with overseas departments have to constantly alter our meeting times...Not to mention the fact that it does NOT help the country as a whole to keep using DST.

If you cannot get to work an hour earlier, maybe it is time for you to find another job.

meh

"daylight savings time and the extra hours of daylight "

There are no extra hours of daylight, they are just occurring at a different time.

If the sun rises at 8am and sets at 5pm that's 8 hours of daylight. Ending daylight savings time just means the sun rises at 7am and sets at 4pm. Still 8 hours of daylight.

DST doesn't keep the sun in the sky any longer the standard time.

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