Spring forward: Remember to set clocks ahead for Sunday


Daylight Saving Time (DST) — the time when you must set your clocks forward — begins this Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m.

To make sure you’re up on time Sunday, set your clock an hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday night. Most smartphones and other electronic devices automatically adjust for DST, but it’s still a good idea to double-check, especially if you have an appointment at a shipper in the morning.

Note: Arizona does not participate in DST.

Most e-log devices should automatically handle DST adjustments. All Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours of service still apply despite the time change. Drivers will still need to take a full 10 hour break. If your 10-hour break starts at 9 p.m. then you will need to stay logged off until 8 a.m. in order to get your full 10 hours in. Drivers will also need to be sure they get a full 34 hours for their 34-hour restart.

DST and Your Sleep Schedule

Research has shown that DST can cause fatigue and sleep-related crashes. To prevent this, try to go to bed an hour earlier Saturday night. Consumer Reports recommends exposing yourself to bright light as early as possible Sunday and avoid coffee after 2 p.m. on Saturday. WebdMD reiterates that exposing yourself to bright light during your waking hours and limiting your light exposure at night can help you adjust and maintain a good sleep schedule. Keep in mind that other drivers may also be fatigued from the time change and drive with extra caution.