Facts about Daylight Savings Time You Don’t Know

Ashley | 29 - 10 - 2021

These facts about daylight savings time are the most American thing you will find on the planet. Get to why the entire of America follows this except for Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

When Is Daylight Savings Time?

Daylight savings time was given a definite period in 2007. It begins on the second Sunday of March and extends till the First Sunday of November. 2021’s daylight savings time begins at 2.00 A.M on 14th March and will end at 2.00 A.M on 7th November. 2.00 A.M was chosen because it helped workers on shifts and restaurants to function without any issues.

When Does Daylight Saving Time’s End?

Americans usually turn their clocks one hour ahead during the beginning of daylight savings time (DST) and push it back an hour during the end.  Studies have shown that DST prevents the increase in road accidents by 13% due to bad climate and darkness. Plus, it has also reduced the crime rates, according to a 2015 study.

Who Created Daylight Savings Time?
  • A. Adolf Hitler
  • B. George W. Bush
  • C. Benjamin Franklin
  • D. Bill Clinton

Daylight Savings Time Origins

DST came into effect during the first World War. It was shortly halted during the second world war but resumed soon after. The general concept behind the practice was to gain an extra hour of daylight from spring to fall. This would encourage the productivity of several institutions and would enable the efficient use of energy. 

Benjamin Franklin suggested this idea as a joke during a satirical essay in 1784 after a bug collector inspired him. He believed that this would help the country in saving money. He enforced a lockdown of sorts that prevented people from traveling post daylight for non-emergencies, fired cannons to alert people about the beginning of the day, and more.

Does Time Go Faster in Daylight Savings

It is known that the days are longer during the summer than in the winter, while the nights are longer in the winter than in summer. There won’t be any changes in the speed at which we go through the day. One of the major disadvantages of DST is the health issues that arise due to changes in routines.

Daylight Savings Worldwide

Countries near the equator do not follow a daylight savings routine because they do not experience a huge difference in climate changes. Apart from America, Canada follows a similar pattern while the rest of the world has neglected the differences due to minuscule advantages reaped.

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