Remember to Spring Forward on March 14!

Posted by AMS / Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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Our change to Daylight Saving Time is coming up in March – to be exact, March 14. The code phrase to remind us to change our clocks and sleeping habits is “Spring Forward!” The message is… Spring Forward on March 14.

Sunday, March 14, 2021, 2:00:00 a.m. clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 3:00:00 a.m. local daylight time, so mark it on your calendar as it’s coming right up.

The big question that always comes at this time is… does this mean we’ll get to sleep an extra hour, or will we be getting up an hour earlier? The answer is… we’ll be getting up an hour earlier. The clock will say 7 a.m. and our bodies and brains will say… No!!! Let me sleep!

Sunrise and sunset will be 1 hour later on Mar 14 than the day before, and that’s the good thing about Daylight Saving Time (DST). We’ll have more light in the evening, and those long Spring and Summer evenings are definitely enjoyable. The clocks won’t be turned back an hour until November 7th, and that’s when we’ll get the extra hour of sleep.

There are two states that don’t use DST, and those are Arizona and Hawaii. For international shippers, be aware that Puerto Rico and other Dependencies of the USA do not use DST.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) governs the use of DST, and it does have a history of confusing rules. Historically, there were no uniform rules for DST from 1945 to 1966 and this caused widespread problems in transport and broadcasting. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 aligned the dates across the USA so all states made the change on the same date. There were some changes during the 1976 oil embargo and the current schedule has been in place since 2006.

Remember to Spring Forward on March 14th, and get ready to enjoy long Summer nights until November 7th!