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Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 2 a.m. is when we set our clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time. While most of us like the longer, lighter evenings, we do not like losing an hour of sleep. How did Daylight Savings Time (DST) begin anyway?

In the U.S. and European countries DST began in 1916 during World War 1 to conserve fuel needed to produce electricity. Since it was light an hour longer that was one less hour needed to turn on the electric lights. It was so unpopular that it was repealed in 1919 after the war ended.

During World War 2 President Roosevelt instituted year-round DST or 'War Time.' Until 1966 there was no federal law regulating DST so states and localities were free to choose whether or not to observe it and could choose when it began and ended. This caused confusion, especially for the broadcasting industry, as well as for railways, airlines, and bus companies. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established a system of uniform (within each time zone) DST throughout the U.S.

Today, approximately 70 countries observe DST. Japan, India, and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not observe DST. Equatorial and tropical countries (lower latitudes) don't observe DST since the daylight hours are similar during every season.

The staff at Scotties Auto Body wishes you a pleasant spring and brighter evenings. Give Scotties Auto Body a call when it's time to repair or take care of your car.

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