On November 1, Californians will set their clocks back one hour. To stay safe during the darker evening hours that will result, the Automobile Club of Southern California offers these suggestions for motorists and pedestrians.
- Adjust driving habits and also 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 winter solstice, unexpected glare in the west may hamper vision. Keep sunglasses handy and adjust visors as needed. To avoid glare from traffic headlights, use the night setting on the rearview mirror.
- Check all vehicle lights, use headlights, and turn them off at the end of the trip.
- 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.
- Walk on the sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
For more on safety during the dark hours, check out OCTA’s video and see why it’s (b)right to be visible.