Does the Time Change Mean We Have More Daylight?

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It is often thought that putting the clocks forward an hour in Spring and back an hour in Autumn actually gives us more daylight. All it does is provide us with longer daylight hours in the morning when the clocks go back (ie it is not so dark) and longer daylight hours in the evening when we move the clocks forward (ie stays lighter for longer into the evening).

The amount of daylight reaching any point on the earth over any 24 hour period varies according to the position of the earth relative to the sun - not by government changes in the clock.

The reason the clocks are changed Spring and Autumn is to make better use of the actual daylight we do have.

If the majority of our working life is spent in daylight, then we save energy and reduce road traffic accidents.  It is also beneficial for children as it would not be save for them to go to school and back in the dark.

The clocks go back on the 30 October 2011 so don't forget to change your clocks or you may be very early for work on Monday!

Cyclists don't forget lights and reflective clothing for your commute home as it will be dark when you leave work and pedestrians if you choose to wear dark clothing, remember that cars cannot see you!   

Kaye Mansbridge

Legal Executive - Personal Injury Team

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