When Does Daylight Saving Time End? 2013 Time Change Gives Extra Hour: 5 Things To Know About The Clock Adjusting Tradition [VIDEO]

By iDesign Times Reporter November 2, 2013 10:46 PM EDT
Daylight Saving Time change is about to happen and so when you set your clocks back you get an extra hour of sleep! Find out when the US time change happens plus more fascinating facts about the clock adjusting practice (Photo: Wikimedia)
Daylight Saving Time change is about to happen and so when you set your clocks back you get an extra hour of sleep! Find out when the US time change happens plus more fascinating facts about the clock adjusting practice (Photo: Wikimedia)

When does Daylight Saving Time 2013 end in the USA? What time should I switch back my clocks? Do I get an extra hour or lose one? Why do we even observe the time change? Daylight  Savings Time, also known in some countries as Summer Time, is largely an American custom, though some other countries such as England (UK), and Germany observe it as well.

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Daylight Saving Time change in the United States ends Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2am. Therefore, Americans in most of the 50 states should prepare to set their clocks backward on hour at 2am on Sunday, November 3, 2013. 

SEE ALSO: What Time Is It Now Daylight Savings Time Change Happened? Find The Correct USA Time For Your Region Plus 5 Clocks You Need To Set Back Now 

When is Daylight saving time change end in my country? This chart tells you when to set your clocks back in the US, UK, Europe, Africa, Mexico and more countries (Photo: Wikimedia)
When is Daylight saving time change end in my country? This chart tells you when to set your clocks back in the US, UK, Europe, Africa, Mexico and more countries (Photo: Wikimedia)

What Is Daylight Saving Time And Why Was It Created?

Daylight saving time (DST) is a change in the time to get better use of the daylight by having the sun rise one hour later in the morning and set one hour later in the evening. Ancient civilizations were known to practice a similar process where they would adjust their daily schedules along with the sun. One example is the Roman water clocks that used different scales for different months of the year. DST was first adopted by Germans to replace artificial lighting so they could save fuel for the war effort in Germany during World War I. Soon Britain and many countries from both sides, including the United States adopted as well. Many countries reverted back to standard time post-World War I, and it wasn't until the next World War that DST would make its return to many countries in order to save vital energy resources for the war. Daylight saving time is now implemented in over seventy countries worldwide and affects over a billion people each year. Although many countries observe DST, the beginning and end dates are often different than the US. The European Union adopted the summer time period that was used in the United Kingdom for many years, which begins on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October.

WATCH: Daylight Saving Time Explained

Will My Smartphone or Cell Phone Automatically Set My Clock Back For Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Savings Time change in the UK took place last weekend at which time several individuals were caught off guard because their cell phones neglected to set  clocks back one hour automatically at the appropriate time. Namely, AT&T was cited as having a problem. As a result, make sure if Daylight Savings Time change happens for you this week, to double check that all your phones and clocks have been set back an hour on Sunday November 3, 2013. Most cell phones, however, should update without any problems as long as you have "update automatically" selected in you Time and Date settings.

When will Daylight Saving Time change begin again?

Sunday, March 10, 2013 Daylight Saving Time change will begins again at 2am. At that time people in the USA will adjust their clocks forward one hour.

5 Things to Know About Daylight Savings Time Change

1) "Daylight Saving Time" (singular), not "Daylight Savings Time" (plural) is the actual correct term, though most of us mistakenly say the plural form of the time change.

2) Daylight Saving Time changed in 2007 in the United States so that it now begins on the second Sunday in March and then the time change ends on the first Sunday in November.

3) Daylight Saving Time change was first conceived of by Benjamin Franklin in the late 18th century.

4) The UK joined the United States in observing Daylight Saving Time change in the early 20th Century, during World War I

5) Because there is no federal law concerning Daylight Saving Time, states are not required to observe it. Hawaii and most of Arizona do not follow DLS.

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