Daylight Saving time kicks off this Sunday – are you ready to turn the clocks back and enjoy that extra hour of sleep? We know we are here at Toyota of Orlando. However, Daylight Saving has a bigger effect than you might think on your day-to-day activities, including driving. We’re here to give you tips on how to adapt your driving habits to handle it with ease throughout the rest of fall and winter. Let’s get started!
Is your car ready for Daylight Saving Time?
The first thing to do is to make sure your car is prepped and ready for the time change – we shared auto service tips for the time change, so check out the list and bring your car into our Toyota Service Center if it’s not going to make the cut when it comes to Daylight Saving requirements!
However, prepping your car is only a small part of adjusting to the time change. Here are some Orlando Toyota safe driving tips for dealing with shorter days and darker nights!
Use our Orlando Toyota safe driving tips to conquer the time change
Use your best defensive driving skills. This means driving in a manner that lets you foresee accidents before they happen instead of reacting to them after the fact. Some basic facets of this Orlando Toyota safe driving skill include keeping your eyes on the road in front of you, leaving enough distance between you and other cars, following the road rules (like speed limit) and paying close attention to what’s going on around you. If you’re focused on what other drivers are doing and the road conditions, you’re more likely to be able to avoid getting into an accident!
Turn on your headlights. The standard rule when it comes to headlight use is to turn them on between dusk and dawn. Why? Not only will this better illuminate the road in front of you in dim or dark conditions so you can avoid getting into a collision, it’ll also make you more visible to other drivers on the road, which increases your safety as well! Also, refresh your memory on when it’s appropriate to use your brights. You don’t want to use them around other vehicles as they can blind drivers; typically, you only use them outside of city and suburban areas when there are no other vehicles around.
Be careful when it comes to crosswalks at stop signs and stoplights. You should approach them slowly, as pedestrians will be less visible in dim lighting, and be sure to come to a complete stop as designated. Also, be sure to scan the crosswalk and make sure it’s completely clear before you pull through – you never know if a last-minute pedestrian is going to run through, trying to make it before the light changes!
Want more safe driving tips from Toyota of Orlando, or need to schedule auto service to get your car prepped and ready for the time change? Call us today at (866) 945-0493. We’re open seven days a week!