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Fall: Time Change

- November 3, 2017 by Dan Heinen, ASP (View all posts by Dan)

If you travel whether for work, leisure, or both, the arrival of fall brings about a multitude of distractions that we should be aware of. In this blog, I’ll focus on one: time change.

Time Change

Not everyone has the luxury of driving west in the morning and east in the evenings to keep the sun at our backs for sunrise and sunset. Often the procedure is put on sunglasses, lower the visor and squint your eyes.  If you can schedule your travels, so the sun is high enough or set low enough it isn’t an issue, great! If not, here are a few tips:

    • Try to schedule your travel you don’t have to travel into the direct sun as much as possible. Leave a bit earlier or later, if possible.
    • Use a high-quality pair of sunglasses. Preferably ones that offer UV protection.
    • Keep your windshield clean inside and out. I find I often get a “film” built up on the inside of my windshield that really compounds the glare of the sun.
    • Remember the time change coming up when planning your travel. It’s easy to forget if you are traveling to different time zones or the week right after the time changes so plan accordingly. The last thing you want is to feel rushed because you forgot. Accidents happen;  if you are rushed you may be in or cause one, you may be flustered once you get to your location and forget important details.

On the first Monday after the time change, driving safety should be discussed to remind your drivers of the tips mentioned above.