The 5 Reasons To Keep Daylight Saving Time Have No Science To Back Them Up
“3.) Daylight Saving Time improves safety. Does additional daylight reduce traffic accidents? You might think so, since driving in the daylight seems safer than driving at night. But the science says otherwise. The day after we “spring forward” and “fall back” both see an increase in fatal traffic accidents, which has been verified to be significant at about the 8% level. There is no corresponding decrease to balance it out. Meanwhile, workplace accidents and heart attacks are both more common in the week after the time change, too. Daylight Saving Time actually causes more deaths, rather than reducing them.”
This coming Sunday, the second Sunday in March, will see most of us in the United States spring our clocks forward by one hour in accord with Daylight Saving Time. This annual tradition is nominally done in the name of energy conservation, but recent studies have shown that no energy is actually conserved, and that instead it causes a costly spike in energy demand. In fact, there are five traditional reasons given as to why we should keep Daylight Saving Time, and it turns out that all of them fail to be backed up by the science and history that underlies it. There are a few powerful commercial interests, like the golf/recreation industry, the grill sales industry, and candy manufacturers, that benefit from it; everyone else suffers from Daylight Saving Time as a result.