“Fall Back” and Avoid Drowsy Driving This Weekend!

Now that the weather is getting chillier, it’s time for us to fall back. This Sunday, November 5th, Americans turn back their clocks, marking the end of daylight savings time. This means that sunrise and sunset will occur about an hour earlier, giving us more daylight in the mornings — but earlier darkness at night. Are you ready?

The History of Daylight Savings Time

Benjamin Franklin gets the credit for daylight savings time. In 1784, Franklin suggested millions of dollars would be saved on candles if people turned back their clocks in the spring to take advantage of the extra daylight.

The idea was mostly ignored until World War I. During wartime, the extra hour was incredibly beneficial, as it saved money on fuel. While it fell out of popularity in the interwar years, “War Time” came back again during World War II. When the war ended, President Franklin Roosevelt allowed individual states and areas to adopt their own daylight savings plan.

Obviously, this caused some confusion! With no national standard, transportation schedules were thrown into chaos. Congress eventually passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, which officially stated that daylight savings began at 2:00 AM on the last Sunday in April and ended at 2:00 AM on the last Sunday in October.

Today, there are still some discrepancies. Hawaii doesn’t recognize daylight savings time, and the Navajo Nation in Arizona observes daylight savings, while the rest of the state does not. For the most part, though, the country finally has the same idea about daylight savings time. Around the United States, most people probably agree that driving home in unexpected twilight can be disorientating.

Does Darkness Mean Danger?

According to AAA, car accidents don’t necessarily increase when daylight savings time ends. However, driving in the dark can lead to drowsy driving. Driver fatigue can be just as dangerous as drunk or distracted driving. In fact, it leads to one in five fatal crashes in the United States. After a long day of work or a busy day, driving home in the darkness can turn tragic if a driver isn’t alert.

To avoid drowsy driving, get get plenty of sleep and never shy away from the opportunity for a quick rest. You should also avoid heavy foods, and as always, should never drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

Whether you embrace the earlier darkness or despise it, the end of daylight savings time is something we have to deal with in Florida. So get some sleep, stay alert on the roads, and of course, remember to turn back those clocks!


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