SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Grass is growing, birds are chirping and baseball season is underway. That can only mean two things: the winter season is winding down and spring is right around the corner.
Over the last few months you probably froze in one of the more bitter winters in recent memory. In just a few weeks, you can finally put those winter clothes away and enjoy the warmer weather that is sure to come with the new season. But before the official start of spring you have to do one thing that most people hate – change the clocks.
Yep, it is that time of year again. Say goodbye to Standard Time and hello to Daylight Savings Time (DST). DST officially starts Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 a.m. Many pros and a few cons come with the change, and we all know what the number-one con is changing all the clocks.
As clocks “spring” forward an hour, everyone will lose an hour of sleep on Saturday night.
However, the consequences of forgetting to change the clocks before bed will be far worse than forgetting to set them back in the fall.
Forgetting the fall time change makes you early. Forgetting the spring time change makes you late.
Allow me to break it down for you.
In the spring, you have to be at church at 10:00 a.m. You forget to set the clocks ahead. You wake up to get ready at what you think is 9:00 a.m. when really it is 10:00 a.m. You show up to church at what you think is 10:00 a.m. when really it is 11:00 a.m. – an hour late. In the fall, you have to be at church at 10:00 a.m. You forget to set the clocks back, so you wake up to get ready at what you think is 9:00 a.m. when really it is 8:00 a.m. You show up to church at what you think is 10:00 a.m. when really it is 9:00 a.m – an hour early.
This year, avoid being “that” guy or girl at church Sunday morning. Be sure to set the clocks before bed Saturday night. Even if you are “that” person there is plenty of good that comes with the time springing forward.
For instance, the darkness will come an hour later – and even later than that once summer hits. No more getting off work at 5:00 p.m. and it almost being dark. Kids will finally have time to play outside after school instead of the street lights coming on before they get off the school bus.
Scientists and environmentalists say Daylight Saving Time helps us make better use of daylight, promotes outdoor activities during Summer months, and reduces traffic accidents and crime thanks to better visibility during early evenings.