Daylight Savings Time & Safety Tips
Daylight savings time comes to another end on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 2 am.
With the end of daylight savings time comes an increase of darkness around the time of rush hour, when traffic is at a peak and many are making their way home from work. Drivers aren’t used to the decreased visibility – nor are pedestrians, who might take chances crossing roads when they shouldn’t. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to be more alert as the potential for harm increases as darkness falls earlier. Evidence suggests that time changes increase safety problems both at work and at home. Just being aware of the increased risk of accidents in the period immediately following the time change may help you stay alert.
- Watch for people riding bikes, scooters, skateboards and other alternate forms of transportation.
- Watch for animals crossing roadways.
- Keep your windshield, windows, and mirrors clean. Make sure your defrosters and windshield wipers are working properly.
- Keep in mind that pedestrians who are wearing headphones, or hats may not hear your vehicle as it approaches.
- Bikes, boards, and scooters must stop at stop signs.
- Stay alert! Watch out for motorized vehicles of all sizes on campus roadways and in parking lots - carts, scooters and electric vehicles may be silent.
- Texting and talking on the phone while walking as well as wearing headphones may cause you to be distracted.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If you must walk on the street, face traffic.
- Avoid jaywalking and crossing between parked vehicles. Crosswalks do offer a safer alternative.
- Don’t depend on the traffic signal or crosswalk to protect you. Motorists may be distracted, especially when adjusting to the nighttime travel environment.
As we roll our clocks back an hour, it is also an ideal occasion to perform a few tasks which can improve safety in your home, at work and on the road.
- Check to see if your fire extinguishers need recharging. Check the small gauge at the top of the extinguisher. If the needle in that gauge is in the green, chances are, the extinguisher is okay. If it is in the red, you need to have the extinguisher recharged.
- Put together a “winter car emergency kit,” to include water, food, blankets, jumper cables, flashlight, first-aid kit, tire inflator and a backup power supply for your cell phone.
- Prepare (or update) a disaster supply kit for your home. Fema publishes a great Emergency Supply List.
Everyone plays a role in creating a culture of safety, whether that be at home, school or at work (even remotely). Remember. Safety Starts With You!