When is Daylight Savings this month and how does it affect us?
This year marks the 100th year anniversary of daylight saving time (DST) -- Happy Birthday! On March 21, 1918, this act of springing forward and falling back was implemented as a war effort, for WWI, to redirect the nation’s coal. Creating more daylight hours allowed households to reduce the amount of lighting and electricity needed. Soon after the war ended, DST was ceased in many countries. The effort was implemented and ceased once more for WWII. Due to “a chaos of clocks”, the standardization of DST became a federal law in 1966.
After 100 years, studies are arguing the necessity of keeping DST. Americans already sleep less than the rest of the world and the National Sleep Foundation states people sleep about 40 minutes less on average after changing out clocks. 40 minutes might not sound like much, but this can have a stressful effect on your heart. Studies have also shown an increase in workplace injuries on the day following DST. A member of the European Parliament, Karima Delli said that the summer time change left people feeling tired and increased the risk of road accidents.
While the debate is up there, to keep or not to keep it, the debate to prepare yourself isn’t! Everyday we face the road, meaning everyday we take the chance of being in an accident. Whether it’s an accident caused by DST, a drunk driver, or a flat tire, Emergency Case can give you peace of mind when getting behind the wheel.
Remember to set your clock forward at 2:00 am, Sunday March 11th, and remember to prepare Before Disaster Strikes!