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Get Ready to "Spring Forward" Warren: Daylight Saving Time Starts Sunday

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WARREN, NJ – What time is it? Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, and if  you don't move your clock an hour ahead, you will be an hour late.
For residents weary from the long winter, Daylight Saving Time,(DST),is viewed as a welcome sign that spring and warmer weather is coming.
 
The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established uniform DSTs throughout the different time zones and it is followed by most States in the United States.  DST was enacted to help maximize day light hours and help energy efficiencies. 
 

Among the states, only Hawaii and much of Arizona will keep their clocks set to Standard Time. Most of Europe won't begin what it calls "Summer Time" until March 30.  Daylight Saving Time is not observed  in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona changes its clocks with the rest of the continental U.S.
 
If you feel the time change seems to be coming earlier now,  you're not wrong. For years, the day to "spring forward" was the first Sunday in April; it was changed in 2007 to the second Sunday in March which in turn extended Daylight Saving Time an extra week into November. This year, DST will run until Nov. 2.
 
The Department of Energy says Germany became the first nation to use Daylight Saving Time in 1916, to save resources during World War I. The U.S. soon followed suit, but the country didn't adopt a standard until 1966.
 
 
Here are some tips for making the transition smoother and safer:
 
Go to sleep 15 to 20 minutes earlier each night for a week or so and wind down an hour or two before you go to bed. Dim the lights. Take a warm bath. Relax.
 
No caffeine and no alcohol during this wind-down period. And no guzzling water that will make you take bathroom breaks during the night.
 
Turn off the TV. And the iPad. And the iPhone. And the laptop. And anything else that will be overly stimulating. Try curling up in bed and reading a few pages of a boring book or magazine. 
 
When you wake up in the morning over the next few days, try to get immediate sun exposure, to help you rapidly synchronize to the new time change.
 
For the next 48 to 72 hours, leave plenty of time to get to your destination. There are going to be some folks out there who didn't get the memo about daylight saving time. Those folks are going to race around like madmen/women to make up for the lost time. And unfortunately, some of them will be behind a wheel. Leaving early will ensure you can put your focus on defensive driving and arriving safely.
 
If you have an appointment on Sunday or Monday, you might want to touch base with the person you are meeting, and double check that the meeting time still works and knows about the time change.
 
If you are one of those people who really struggle with the time change, avoid getting behind the wheel of a car until you feel up for it. 
 
Many of us are tied to devices that will automatically reflect the time change, but don't be lazy.  Walk through every room of the house and do a visual sweep of clocks, and change them as needed.
 
Don't forget the clock in the cars.
 
And change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
 
If at any time you find yourself wondering, "Hey, what time is it anyway?"check Time.Gov for the most accurate time check of all.
 

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