It’s that time of year again when most of us wake up before the sun rises and spend a whole lot more time in the dark. Though daylight savings time affects everyone in the country, it’s a bigger deal for truckers, since they’re the ones spending a lot more time driving in the dark now that it’s over. How much do you really know about daylight savings time in Minnesota, though? If you’d like to learn more, keep reading! This post will teach you a few important things about daylight savings that all truckers should know.
What’s the purpose of daylight savings?
The purpose of daylight savings time is rather self-explanatory: it’s meant to save daylight in the spring and summer months when it’s warmer out.Starting in March, we set our clocks forward by one hour, which makes the days longer and the nights shorter. This is nice for truckers who get to spend more time on the road when it’s light out, but now that it’s over, we have to face the reality of having much shorter days.
When do I turn back my clocks?
Daylight savings time starts and ends on different dates each year, which makes things a little tricky to keep straight year over year. The only thing that’s consistent about daylight savings is that it always goes into place at 2:00 a.m.on the start date and ends at 2:00 a.m.on the last day.
Those of us who use cell phones and other “smart” devices to tell time don’t really need to worry about when it begins and ends, as our devices should automatically adjust for the time change. However, if you manually set an alarm clock to wake up in the morning, it’s always recommended that you adjust the clock before you go to bed on the night prior to the time change!
What are some safety tips
to keep in mind?As you know, driving in the dark is typically much more difficult than driving in daylight. Sadly, now that daylight savings time is over, we’ll all be navigating in the dark more often. Since that’s the case, it’s crucial that you follow these safety tips:
- Drive slower: You probably always watch your speed when you’re on the road, but it’s even more important to drive at a slower pace at night. Even if you’re running a bit behind schedule, you don’t want your driving speed to lead to an accident.
- Keep your headlights clean: Your headlights will obviously be on more often over the next few months. Since that’s the case, be sure that they’re always crystal clear, so that you can see the road as clearly as possible.
Unfortunately, we can’t do anything to bring back daylight savings time in Minnesota. All we can do is wait until next March! But whether it’s day or night, you can trust K-Way Express, Inc.to meet all of your shipping, logistics and brokerage needs. Call us today to learn more about all of our services!