Clocks ‘fall back’ an hour tonight

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 November 2021 at 9:04 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Traffic moves along Main Street in Albion on Friday evening past the clock in front of the Albion Visitors’ Center at 121 North Main.

Clocks should be turned back an hour tonight with Daylight Saving Time ending at 2 a.m. Clock will “fall back” an hour to give more daylight in the dark autumn and winter mornings.

AAA is urging drivers and pedestrians to be more cautious with earlier darkness later in the day and an earlier sunset. AAA issued the following safety recommendations:

Tips for Motorists

  • Always watch out for pedestrians when backing up in parking lots or driveways. Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.
  • Leave more following room. In the morning, when the sun is in your eyes it can be hard to see what the car ahead is doing. Use sunglasses and your sun visor.
  • Be mindful of children and others who are outdoors in the afternoon and evening as it gets dark earlier.
  • Remember to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
  • Pay attention and eliminate all distractions including cell phones and car clocks that are off by an hour.

Tips for Pedestrians

  • Cross only at intersections or crosswalks. Look left, right and left again and only cross when it is clear. Do not jaywalk or cross between parked cars.
  • Evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street.
  • Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
  • See and be seen. Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing and/or accessories.
  • While walking, pocket the cell phone and avoid listening to headphones at a volume that prohibits you from hearing approaching danger.