It’s almost time to ‘fall back’ with clocks going back an hour

Photos by Tom Rivers: The clock on Elba Central School is perched high on the building that opened in 1938.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 November 2022 at 4:07 pm

AAA has safety tips for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists

It’s almost time to turn the clocks back. On Saturday night clocks should be moved an hour as we moved from daylight saving time to standard time.

The change begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, with the time going back an hour.

That means an extra hour of sleep and more light in the morning. However, it will get darker earlier in the day.

AAA issued the following tips as Americans “fall back” and face an earlier sunset. That darkness can lead to an increase in the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured by vehicles, AAA said.

Drivers, pedestrians, joggers, walkers and bicyclists are urged to use safety measures, so they are seen on the roads.

AAA advises motorists and pedestrians to remember the following tips to stay safe:

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.
  • Scan the road for wild animals, mainly deer. There were 34,064 animal-related crashes in New York in 2021, often outside of daylight hours.

Car Care

  • With 50% of crashes occurring at night, drivers should check their headlights for signs of deterioration and invest in new headlights or, at a minimum, a low-cost headlight cleaning and restoration to boost the safety of driving after dark.
  • Headlights can show signs of deterioration after three years but most commonly by year five.
  • AAA suggests drivers check their headlights for changes in appearance such as yellowing or clouding. If the bulb is difficult to see, it is time to have the lens replaced or restored as soon as possible. Replacement and restoration services are available at most repair shops, including AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities.

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.

The clock at Rotary Park in Medina is a local landmark in the historic downtown.