How to Adjust to Daylight Savings Time as a Truck Driver

Prepare yourself to “fall back” so you can stay focused on the road.

Daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 1, 2020. Most people look forward to getting an extra hour of rest, but the time change can affect your typical routine on and off the road.

Adjust your routine to compensate for the extra hour. 

  • Sleep.  Even an hour difference, forward or backward, can throw off your internal clock and natural sleep pattern. A lack of sleep can cause poor judgment during waking hours and lead to health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can also cause driver fatigue. Drowsy driving is responsible for more than 6,400 U.S. deaths annually. Visit the National Sleep Foundation website for tips to stay alert and prevent drowsy driving.
  • Trip Planning. Make sure you adjust your schedule to compensate for the extra hour.
    • Set your clocks back before you go to sleep, including your alarm clock and the clock in your truck.
    • Not all states observe daylight savings time. Double check your route, especially if you’re driving over the road.
    • Confirm all of your delivery times.
  • Hours of Service.  Hours of service is calculated based on elapsed time, regardless of what the clocks say. Make sure you’re taking your required breaks and adhering to all HOS regulations.
  • Logging Your Time. If your shift includes the 2 a.m. window when the time changes, check with your dispatcher or recruiter to confirm how to report your hours worked. Click here for the contact information for all of our TransForce branches.

At TransForce your safety is our top priority.  Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep and never drive if you are tired, drowsy, or sleep deprived!

For more safe driving tips, visit transforce.com/blog.