Daylight saving time
During the summer months, the sun stays is visible for a longer time, and sunset happens late in the day. For this reason, certain countries advance the time by one hour near the start of summer, and put it back one hour during autumn. The time during summer is called Daylight saving time (DST) or summer time. The time during the winter months is called "standard time". DST helps stores that sell to people after they get off work, but it hurts farmers and others whose hours are set by the sun. It cuts traffic accident rates. Sometimes it can reduce energy costs, but it can also increase them.
The United States, Australia (not Queensland or Western Australia), the United Kingdom, Canada and many other countries have DST. In Europe, DST is called summer time. Iceland, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are countries in Europe without DST.
USA dates and UK dates[change | change source]
USA 2014 date: November 2nd (ending)
USA 2013 date: March 10
USA 2012 date: March 11
USA 2011 date: March 13
UK 2011 date: February 1
USA 2010 date: March 14
UK 2010 date: February 11
USA 2009 date: March 8
UK 2009 date: February 26
USA 2008 date: March 2
UK 2008 date: February 27
Automatic adjustment[change | change source]
Most computers, mobile phones and other devices connected to the Internet will automatically adjust their clocks for DST. Some older computers will not adjust or will adjust the time incorrectly or on the wrong date. Also, computers with more than one operating system may be incorrectly adjusted twice or more when each operating system boots.