The clocks go back one hour on November 4 and it is worth recognizing that this time of year sees an increase in vehicle accidents. As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, we need to understand the additional risks and focus our efforts to be responsible drivers.
The aim of this guidance is to raise awareness of the various issues which may arise when the clocks go back. Coming into November, as we adapt to the arrival of early darkness, it can become more dangerous to drive, with the risk of you having an accident whilst driving increasing by 10%. More so, if you are driving between 5pm and 8pm, when it’s both dark and busy on the roads, the risk of having an accident rises dramatically by 30%.
Vehicle maintenance is another key issue at this time of year. Many drivers do not undertake enough checks on the condition of their vehicle. Actions for drivers include:
Driving in darker conditions appears to be correlated with vehicle breakdowns. If your vehicle does break down, find a safe and well-lit place to stop. Leave your hazard warning lights on and find a safe place to stand away from the vehicle to wait for help.
Driving in twilight (the period between sunset and dusk) is difficult because your eyes have to constantly adapt to the reducing light levels. This is when drivers can realize they have an issue with their eyesight as they struggle to see traffic signs and suffer with glare from oncoming vehicle lights. An eyesight check at this time of year is a good idea.