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Sunset Comes Early

This is our first evening commute since the clocks rolled back. Sunset is at 5:05 p.m. Though it happens every year, the end of Daylight Saving Time still seems to sneak up on some commuters, whether they're driving, walking or waiting at bus stops.

Even if you're making the proper adjustments, be a little extra cautious in case your fellow commuters haven't caught up. Drivers and walkers should cut each other a little extra slack in the dark.

Drivers, take a little tour of the vehicles and make sure the lights, windows and mirrors are clear. While you worked today, falling leaves may have obscured some views. Don't wait to turn on the headlights, even if you think you can still see. Remember, they're helping other drivers and walkers see you, as well. Watch your speed and the distance to the next vehicle.

Bicyclists, turn the lights on for the same reasons, and be extra careful to give warning to pedestrians as you're about to pass.

Walkers, stay to the right on trails or paths that bicyclists use. This would be a good night to forego the headphones, or at least keep the volume low.

Evening Events
-- There's a football game at FedEx Field off the Capital Beltway in Landover at 8:30 p.m.
-- A ramp from southbound Route 2 to westbound Route 50 will be closed between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. as part of the resurfacing of Route 2 southbound from Cypress Creek Road to Route 50. The detour: Southbound Route 2 to the ramp to eastbound Route 50 to Bay Dale Drive (Exit 28) to westbound Route 50.
-- There will be utility work along Leesburg Pike West (Route 7) in Tysons from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. The left turn lane at Gosnell Road will be partly closed, though left turns will still be allowed.


By Robert Thomson  |  November 3, 2008; 3:23 PM ET
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"Don't wait to turn on the headlights, even if you think you can still see. Remember, they're helping other drivers and walkers see you, as well."

I think this bears repeating, and applies equally to cyclists and drivers. Please, please, turn your headlights ON. In the morning, in the evening, and when it's raining. The lights don't just help you see where you are going:

*the lights help other drivers and cyclists see you.*

Posted by: gasdorian | November 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What a nightmare, with the dash to the football game overlapping rush hour, on the day when nobody is accustomed to driving home in the dark.

This night's commute home was my worse beltway commute so far this year! (Even worse than when we had the severe thunderstorms.)

Posted by: stuckman | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

What a nightmare, with the dash to the football game overlapping rush hour, on the day when nobody is accustomed to driving home in the dark.

This night's commute home was my worse beltway commute so far this year! (Even worse than when we had the severe thunderstorms.)

Posted by: stuckman | November 3, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

What a nightmare, with the dash to the football game overlapping rush hour, on the day when nobody is accustomed to driving home in the dark.

This night's commute home was my worse beltway commute so far this year! (Even worse than when we had the severe thunderstorms.)

Posted by: stuckman | November 3, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Agreed last night was a little iffy. People just forget their driving skills (and pedestrians their manners) when any little factor in their routine changes, be it a snowflake spotted in Antarctica, a raindrop too many in the Amazon, or even when God farts. All hell breaks loose in this region...gah!

I did notice people had slowed down a tad yesterday. Thank you.

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