Clocks spring forward tomorrow and with that some are considering whether or not to keep Daylight Saving Time.
UBC professor Werner Antweiler has studied Daylight Saving extensively and said the benefits are negligible if not negative.
“When we move in the spring in particular, we have higher incidents of accidents on the road, like motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians – they’re up. There’s some very solid research from British researchers. They found that year-round daylight savings time actually maximizes this overlap between when we’re awake and when we have daylight.”
Antweiler says we should look to Saskatchewan as an example as the prairie province does not observe daylight savings time.
Daylight savings was initially introduced as a way of maximizing daylight in order to conserve energy for artificial lights.