Clocks Fall Back


Johnny Beaman, ENN Staff

On Sunday, November 6th, 2016, the United States turned back their clocks one hour early from 2:00 a.m to 1:00a.m. for the fall season, in order to benefit the use of natural daylight and conservation energy, which means the sun rises much earlier, as well as the sunset.

According to, Daylight savings time was introduced in the United States back in 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson signed it a law, in attempt to provide support efforts throughout World War I. The idea was then put into play by Robert Garland, who was an industrialist from Pittsburgh, who came across the thought in the UK. Which is why Garland is often mentioned as “The father of Daylight Savings”. Today, Daylight Savings Time is in use in over 70 countries all across the world, and is started on the second Sunday of March, as well as on the first Sunday of November.

An important aspect of Daylight Savings during the fall as the clocks turn back an hour is the improvement of safe driving on the roads for teens headed to school. The sun rising an hour earlier allows drivers to visibly see their surroundings more comfortably.

Chase Berry, junior, is a new driver this school year. He believes the daylight savings time is beneficial by allowing more visibility in the mornings while heading to school.

“I just started driving this year, and with daylight savings starting this week, I realized how much easier it was to drive to school with the sun coming out much earlier, compared to the darkness last week,” Berry said.

Also, daylight savings can be a surprise to some individuals. Some aren’t able to reach the message toward turning their clock back an hour or ahead, which can cause a lot of confusion; leading to some unintentional moments.

Jacob James, sophomore, describes the moment he and his family had a few years ago, waking up and missing church Sunday morning.

“About a year or two ago, during the spring, my family and I didn’t know daylight savings started. We showed up for Sunday church in the morning confused why everyone was leaving; realizing from friends that the clocks moved ahead an hour. It was a sad day,” James said.