Daylight Savings Warning for Drivers

6 Posted: 6th Nov 2023
Daylight Savings Warning for Drivers
  • The months of March and October means it’s almost time to change our clocks again, as light, or dark nights start to take hold.

    While we might live in a digital world where our mobile devices remember to do this for us, most cars still don’t, leaving drivers confused about the true time as they are on the move.

    In a new study conducted by Group 1 Automotive, which surveyed drivers across the UK, it was revealed that a whopping 11,500,000 drivers don’t ever change their car clocks - meaning they’re working on the wrong time for at least half of the year.

    The research also reveals that, for the 77% of people who do change their clocks, it  takes an average of 1.87 weeks, roughly 13 days, to do this.

  • Why Is It Important To Change Our Car Clocks?

    The importance of changing the time on our car clocks can often get moved to the back seat, but carrying out this task promptly can help you in many ways, most notably - time keeping. 

    Using a phone whilst driving a car is a criminal offence, and can land you a £200 fine and 6 penalty points. If you need to check the time, look at the dashboard.

    Even worse driving penalties can occur if you’ve just passed your driving test, or been driving for under 2 years, as you can get an instant ban from driving.

    While a glance at a watch might seem like a better alternative - 31% of people use smartwatches in the UK, which if caught using while driving, can have the same fine and points as using a mobile.

    If the time is showing incorrectly, and you aren’t aware of it, you may get confused and miss important events such as appointments, or even picking the kids up from school.

    Most importantly, changing the time in your car enforces a stress-free environment, as noticing that the time is incorrect when driving can be irritating, and it may be stuck on your mind, or you could find yourself trying to change it on the roads which could lead to potential road accidents.

    To save any stress, distractions whilst driving, and potential driving penalties, check the time is correct before you start driving.

    If you’re not sure how to do this, refer to your vehicles’ manual, or perform a simple Google search for your model of car to find helpful tips, and even video walkthroughs of how to do this.

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