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Daylight saving time 2020: AAA warns of driving hazards with spring time change

Tuesday, Mar. 10th 2020

Article by Steve Novak

Snow during commute in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

A snowy morning commute in Bethlehem in 2018. AAA says the clock change to daylight saving time brings hazards for both drivers and pedestrians.

Daylight saving time starts this weekend. At 2 a.m. Sunday, most of the U.S. will change clocks and “spring ahead” one hour.

With the spring time change comes a darker morning commute and increased risk of drowsy drivers, according to AAA.

“Drivers who miss just one or two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash,” AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Tracy Noble said in a news release.

The time change also means more light in the evening but less in the morning. AAA said that can mean more A.M. traffic accidents involving pedestrians. The automotive travel group urged common-sense precautions, asking drivers to be more mindful and use headlights and for pedestrians to wear bright colors and use crosswalks.

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The clock atop the First United Church of Christ in Easton seems perpetually stuck at 9:15. Other clocks will move ahead one hour as daylight saving time takes effect at 2 a.m. March 8, 2020.Steve Novak | For lehighvalleylive.com

The twice-a-year time change is also when fire officials urge homeowners to check and change their smoke detector batteries.

Daylight saving time lasts from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, when we return to standard time.


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