OK, so we got an extra hour of sleep last night with the end of Daylight Saving Time. Big deal. Now, for the next few months, we’ll have an hour less of sunlight after work.
That’s a bad tradeoff.
I love the start of Daylight Saving Time each spring, and I hate the end of it each fall. Why don’t we keep DST all year long? Wouldn’t most people agree that an extra hour of sunlight is better in the evening than in the morning? To me, it’s depressing to get off work about 5:30 p.m., and it’s already dark.
I’m glad I’m not alone in opposing the “fall back” clock charade at this time of the year.
“DST is a bit of a mess, and two potential solutions could be adopted: abolish DST altogether or make it year around,” says an article in Money.
Keeping DST year-round “is the clear winner,” it says. “We’d get more light at a time when we’d more likely use it for something other than sleep. And since cars hurt more people when it’s dark, having DST all the time would mean that people would enjoy more light for evening drives, which could decrease accidents and save an estimated 366 lives every year.”
No good reason to end DST
Why would some people favor abolishing DST? The reasons are “nebulous,” the article says. “There’s typically casual mentions of farmers, saving energy, and boosting the economy, but half the time people aren’t sure what’s really at the heart of the biannual time shift.”
OK, I’ve heard people say they don’t want kids going to school in the dark — that’s why we should end DST in the fall. So it’s better to deprive them of an extra hour of sunlight after school?
Taking action to keep DST year-round wouldn’t be so difficult. After all, as they Money story says, Congress in 2005 extended the DST period. It used to be from early April to late October. Now it’s from early March to early November.
We’ve squeezed the non-DST period to only four months — without a public outcry. Let’s do everyone a favor now and keep DST for 12 months.