Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 when clocks are set back one hour, and the Automobile Club of Southern California is warning drivers about darker evening commute conditions.
The Auto Club recommends that motorists adjust their driving habits and watch for children and others outdoors who will be less visible, especially during the first weeks of the time change. As sunset time gets earlier until the Dec. 21 winter solstice, drivers may also encounter unexpected glare in the west that hampers their vision.
Check all vehicle lights, remember to use headlights, and turn them off when you reach your destination. To avoid being blinded by sunlight glare, wear high-quality sunglasses and adjust car visors as needed. To avoid glare from traffic headlights, use the night setting on the rearview mirror.
In addition, children, pedestrians, joggers, walkers and bicyclists likely will continue to be outside but will be a lot less visible during the evening commute. The Auto Club recommends that motorists slow down and be extra alert, particularly in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Motorists must provide bicyclists with a three-foot buffer for safety, according to a 2014 law. Learn more about the law and watch OCTA’s award-winning video here.
The Auto Club recommends the following tips for pedestrian safety:
- See and be seen –drivers need to see you to avoid you
- Make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets
- Wear bright colors or reflective clothing at night
- Carry a flashlight when walking or walking pets in the dark
- Walk on the sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.