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Survey: Consumers show no love for daylight saving time and its effects

By Analytics Team | October 21, 2019

Highlights:

  • Twenty-five percent of consumers said daylight saving time causes a significant disruption to their commute or routine.

  • Forty percent of those polled said daylight saving time should be abolished by the federal government.

  • Six percent said they’d been in a crash caused or made worse by the effects of daylight saving time.

  • Nearly one-third (30 percent) of respondents said they were less productive at work during the week after the time change.

  • Fifteen percent of consumers said they eat in the car during their commute as a result of the time change.


Full Story:

The end of Daylight Saving Time is fast approaching, and for those dreading the impact it has on daily routines and schedules, you’re not alone.

A recent survey by Autolist.com found that many consumers are negatively impacted by the time change, which forces behavior changes that affect commuting and productivity.

“While an extra hour of sleep is nice every fall, this survey made it clear that there isn’t a lot of love for the twice-annual time change overall,” said Chase Disher, analyst at Autolist. “Consumers just don’t see the few advantages outweighing the many inconveniences.”

Autolist polled 1,282 current car shoppers in early October to gauge their attitudes on daylight saving time ahead of the November 3 end date for this year’s term.

The survey found daylight saving time not only affected behavior changes related to getting to work, but also concerns about productivity and safety.

With regards to commuting, a quarter (25 percent) of consumers said daylight saving time significantly disrupts their commute or routine.

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Sixteen percent of consumers said they were more inclined to eat during their driving commute, increasing the potential for distracted driving and crashes.

More troubling was the potential for an increase in car crashes. Six percent of respondents to Autolist’s survey said they had been in a car crash that was caused by or made more likely by daylight saving time.

That figure is close to what other studies have previously found: the rate of car crashes on the Monday after the ‘spring-forward’ daylight event typically jumps seven to eight percent.

The shift in time also makes it more likely drivers in some parts of the country will hit deer or other wildlife, since such collisions are generally more likely at dawn and dusk, key times of the day when drivers are feeling the effects of the recent time change.

Once people get to work, daylight saving time keeps impacting them, Autolist found.

Just under a third of respondents (30 percent) said they were less productive at work during the week immediately following the time change.

What’s more, a previous study found that on the Monday immediately after the start of daylight saving time (spring ahead), the rate of heart attacks was 25 percent higher. In the fall, the rate of heart attacks on the Monday after daylight saving time was 21 percent lower.

More than a quarter of respondents (27 percent) said the change in time also made them feel unsafe walking or working out outside; a third of consumers (33 percent) said they believed daylight saving time posed a danger to kids’ safety.

So what’s the solution? According to respondents, the answer may be to do away with the policy altogether.

Forty percent of consumers said the federal government should abolish daylight saving time outright, with 37 percent saying the government should keep it and 23 percent saying they were unsure.