How To Set Your Car’s Clock for DST

Photo: LA Times

Photo: LA Times

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, 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 reset the clock in your vehicle, we recommend consulting your owner’s manual for the best instructions. There will be a section on how to adjust the clock in the table of contents. If you currently lack access to the owner’s manual for your vehicle, you can always look up a digital copy online. Click on one of the brand’s below to visit a page on their website where you can do so.



You’ll have access to owner’s manuals from 1981 to the present.

If you have any other questions about setting your car’s clock, feel free to leave a comment, email us at, or call us at Leith Chrysler Jeep. Enjoy that sunshine.

How To Set Your Car’s Clock for DST was last modified: December 15th, 2014 by Leith Chrysler Jeep

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