So, the clocks have gone forward; an annual event, which is, according to some people, a total inconvenience, bad for our health and (if you can forgive the pun) an abject waste of time.
However, putting aside debates about whether Scotland should keep British summer time, we should address the rather more practical issue of the safety issues that stem from the hour-sized fell swoop of the clocks.
Police Scotland are very much concerned about the risk of car accidents and, as such, are working in partnership with various groups to try to keep the personal injury rate to an absolute minimum.
Although the clocks going forward might be good news for early evening commuters – as they can now drive in a little more light - it is those early morning road users – a group which includes cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians as well as car drivers – who are at the most risk of sustaining personal injury on Scotland's roads during the first weeks of British Summer Time.
Plus, as the weather improves, more walkers and cyclists will take to the roads.
"As we approach the summer months and the days lengthen we see more people out and about using our roads particularly in terms of pedestrians, pedal cyclists and motorcyclists. It is imperative that we all work together to ensure the safety of everyone," commented Inspector Brian Poole, Head of Tayside Divisional Road Policing Unit in a Police Scotland press release.
"Drivers in particular need to be mindful of the increase of pedestrians, especially children and cyclist activity during the lighter evenings and should exercise greater care, particularly in areas where it would be reasonable to expect their presence.
"I would ask that everyone using the roads ensures that they are properly prepared and equipped for whatever activity they plan. This should include safety checks on vehicles, motor cycles and pedal cycles together with the use of suitable hi-visibility clothing and helmets where appropriate."
It is interesting to note that there is indeed a 17% spike in car accidents around the time of the clocks going forward, as well as a rise in incidents of heart attacks and suicide. As such it is easy to see why the originator of the idea of summer time, Benjamin Franklin, apparently only raised it as a joke – little did he know that people would take him so seriously.