It's that time of the year again when people are given an extra hour for the day. Daylight savings time will end for some countries soon and it requires residents in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world to turn the hands of their clocks and watches an hour earlier.
In the United Kingdom, clocks were wound up an hour forward on March 30 of this year for the daylight savings time process, and will have to be set an hour back again on Oct. 26 at 2 a.m.
In the United States, daylight savings time started on March 9 this year, and will end on Sunday, Nov. 2. Residents will then have to adjust their timepieces from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m.
On the other hand, Australia, with the exception of Queensland, Western Australia, and parts of the Northern Territory that do not follow daylight saving time, went ahead to accomplish the opposite of the task on Oct. 4. Clocks were forwarded one hour and they will follow that time until April 15 next year.
The daylight savings time practice is geared toward having lighter evenings and perfect daylight, bringing benefits to sports and retailing. However, coupled with the benefits are issues of getting organized in travel, timekeeping, record updating, sleeping, billing, and setting up meetings. This is why some countries are trying to abandon the practice altogether. Arizona and Hawaii are among the states in the U.S. that do not follow daylight savings time. Most African countries also do not engage in the practice.