The Dangers of Daylight Savings Ending – Be Prepared

Last Updated: 22nd Oct 2016
The Dangers of Daylight Savings Ending – Be Prepared

7th October 2016

Daylight Saving Time is ending again. You are going to lose that precious hour when the clocks go back an hour on the last Sunday in October. This means that for the first few days you will suffer a damaged sleeping pattern before it levels out. Daylight Savings begins on the last Sunday in March and continues through the summer until October. This is where the phrase “Spring Forwards, Fall back” comes from.

If you have a car on a personal car leasing deal, being prepared for the change after Daylight Savings end will help reduce the risk of accidents and therefore ensure your maintenance costs stay low.

History

The idea of daylight savings was first proposed in 1895 by a New Zealander, George Hudson. It was first implemented on a nationwide scale in 1916 during the First World War. The two countries to do it were the German Empire and Austria-Hungary. It is now used through most of Western Europe and North America.

During Daylight Savings, the maximum hours of sunlight rises to 16 hours and 50 minutes on 21st June, the longest day of the year and the summer solstice. When it ends and the nights get darker, the light will dwindle down to just 7 hours and 40 minutes on 21st December, the shortest day of the year and the winter solstice. With the nights growing longer and darker, prepare for a more dangerous time.

Safety

With the loss of the hour of sleep in October combined with the change in light when people wake up, there is a rise in accidents in the following week. The first week in November annually sees a spike in road traffic accidents, because drivers has deprived of sleep. Traffic accidents actually increase by 11% for those two weeks following the end of Daylight Savings.

That hour can make a big difference as many of you are certainly aware of. The darkness and lack of light in the morning, as well as the more treacherous weather conditions also increase the risk of traffic accidents. All of these aspects correlate with the sharp rise in accidents following the clocks going back.

Be Prepared

Everyone knows when Daylight Savings ends. The last Sunday of October annually. To avoid those accidents, it is time to prepare, so that the loss of that hour doesn’t catch you out. Adults over the age of 18 should be getting 7-9 hours’ sleep each night.

In order to maintain this, it is suggested that in the two weeks prior to the clocks changing, you begin going to sleep 10 minutes earlier each night until the times adds up to an hour and then maintaining that extra hour. This means that your body will be used to going to bed at that earlier time. Also maintain your bedtime routine for example, get dressed in your pyjamas, brush teeth and wash, toilet and then bed.

There are other things you can do in order to be as awake as possible. Staying hydrated in very important way of staying awake, because it keeps you fresh and alert. This goes for eating high protein breakfast and lunches, which again allows you to stay alert.

If you are interested in getting a new car before or after Daylight Savings end, then there are a variety of great cars on the best car lease deals available. It could be a good idea to get one before Daylight savings ends to ensure you are fully prepared for the change.

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