Ah, Daylight Saving Time. As if the weekends weren’t short enough already, we gave up an hour Saturday night for the sake of enjoying a little more sunshine. That’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make, though. We can’t be the only ones who are tired of driving home in the dark. Adjusting our clocks makes the roads safer during peak commuting hours, and it also gives kids more time to play outside. Everybody wins.
Many people point to Benjamin Franklin as the inventor of DST, although he was more accurately just one of a few people who proposed it. He gets credit for suggesting the concept about a hundred years before others, but it wasn’t until the First and Second World Wars that DST was actually implemented as a means of energy conservation. The world sort of forgot about it during the inter-war era, but it mostly stuck after 1945. Here’s a tip: If you want to earn a few quizzical looks and exasperated sighs, insist on calling it “war time” like they did during the Second World War. You’ll be a hit in the office!
If you’re interested in more of the history of Daylight Saving Time, timeanddate.com has a quality brief on the subject.
But enough of the “why,” let’s get on with the “How?” Specifically “How to set your car’s clock for DST.”
If you need to manually adjust the clock in your BMW, we recommend you consult your owner’s manual. The instructions should be fairly simple. For one thing, the Germans were the first to start using DST, and for another thing, how hard can it be to change one number?
(Ok, we admit that first thing has no impact on how easy it will be to change your clock).
If you don’t have access to your owner’s manual, you can always look up a digital copy on the BMW website, located under the “Owners” tab, here.
If you have any other questions about setting your car’s clock, feel free to leave a comment or call us at Leith BMW. Enjoy that sunshine.