Sep 1, 2018 With Daylight Savings Time Ending, Nighttime Safety Is Important
Hopefully, you don’t find yourself late to church on Sunday morning due to Daylight Savings Time ending at 2:00 a.m. on November 4, 2018. This switch back to standard time gives us less daylight in the evenings. Couple that with the upcoming Winter Solstice and you find it can get dark around 5:00 p.m.
The subject of Daylight Savings Time (DST) has been a long-time heated debate between many organizations. Some say we should keep the clocks on DST to make it safer in the evenings while most people are active outdoors. Children playing in the neighborhood, walkers, and runners all have more daylight to enjoy the outdoors.
Can more daylight in the evenings help fight our nationwide obesity epidemic by promoting more outdoor time during the entire year? Does the extra daylight in the evenings actually save lives due to more visibility of pedestrians? These are a few of the questions posed by advocates for year-round DST.
According to a 2004 study in Accident Analysis and Prevention, results showed that more than 170 pedestrians and 200 vehicle occupants could have theoretically be saved by the extra daylight hours. These were all accidents that resulted due to decreased visibility from the ending of DST.
On the flip side, those on the opposing side of DST feel that there should be more daylight in the morning hours when kids are traveling to school. They also cite that the darkness in the morning makes it tougher for children to wake up and be productive during the morning hours. Maybe a simple solution could be to start school later. Scientific studies have proven that kids should begin school later in the morning due to their natural circadian rhythm.
One thing we can all agree upon is being outdoors once daylight ends can be dangerous and certain safety precautions should be taken. Wearing reflective clothing, better street lighting, carrying flashlights, and better education to become more street smart can make a huge difference in preventing accidents and deaths.
Your business or organization can get involved by giving away safety promotional products to promote safety at night, particularly right after DST ends. Below are several ideas for giveaways that can help save lives
Suggested Promotional Items to Increase Nighttime Visibility
Future Dates When Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Sunday, November 6, 2022
Sunday, November 5, 2023