Spring Ahead

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It seems like the longest winter in the history of the Midwest is finally nearing an end. That may sound a bit “theatrical” but if you lived here, you would likely agree.
One of the signals that a change of seasons is imminent is the strange practice of manipulating time that we call “daylight savings”, which starts this coming Sunday, March 9th, at 2am. By design, we alter our clocks to take the best advantage of available sunlight, but it is a highly controversial topic in some circles. There is an interesting article discussing the topic at: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140306-daylight-saving-time-dst-clocks-spring-forward-science-nation/.
As a major limousine service in Chicago, O’Hare-Midway Limousine Service faces a few interesting challenges when the time changes. The first and most important is making sure our chauffeurs remember there is a time change coming. If they forget to change their clocks, they will be a hour late getting ready for their first pickup. To combat this situation, we remind all chauffeurs on Saturday night that a time change is coming, and we also start looking for them earlier than normal on Sunday morning. Because of the size of our fleet, covering for someone that oversleeps isn’t a problem, but it does stress the system a little.
Another issue that is sometimes overlooked is the fact that we border a state that doesn’t universally comply with DST (Indiana). This means that pickups scheduled in “The Wander State” need to be more carefully booked.
There seem to be more people against DST than for it, but as it stands, no significant changes are in the works. That’s probably a good thing, since the act of losing an hour of your day is one of the rites of spring in the Midwest…like seeing the first Robin.

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Dale Schahczinski
Goal driven team leader, with industry experience spanning all aspects of operations and administration.