As we all (hopefully) know, the clocks in the UK are going back by one hour at 2:00am this Sunday 28th October. While this is a great chance for us all to make the most of an extra hour in bed, there is another side to it.
A study on time changes affect on road accident risk has recently been done by insurance companies. It reveals that the risk of an accident increases by over a third on the commute home from work in the weeks after the clocks go back. This 34% increase in accident rates occurs between 5-8pm which incidentally, is often when the roads are busiest, and is brought on by the reduced daylight and increasingly wet conditions.
The studies results came to several conclusions:
- Male drivers have the highest risk, with a 37% increase between the hours of 5-8pm. Women face a 30% increase during the same period.
- Scotland, Lancashire/Yorkshire, and northern counties are the worst affected.
- The morning rush hour causes a spike in accidents in Wales and the Midlands by 52% and 34%.
While everybody on the roads is subject to these poor conditions increasing the risk of accident, it is no doubt that younger, less experienced drivers are the most vulnerable. Due to their lack of experience in harsh winter conditions, they should be encouraged to take precautions in order to stay safe.
Tips for safer driving after the clock change:
- Increase the distance between you and other vehicles on the road – This allows yourself more time to react to situations while driving. It also ensures that you will be meeting the extended braking distance requirements caused by wet and icy roads.
- Keep a clean windshield – This will reduce the glare from lights on the road, allowing better vision and concentrating.
- Check your brakes – After going through flooded areas, be sure to gently test your brakes when safe. This ensures they are still responding properly.
- Drive Calmly – By avoiding harsh braking and turning, you will maintain better control of the vehicle. Sticking to the speed limit ensures that you are going at a safe pace
- Dry Shoes – Make sure your footwear is dry before driving to prevent your feet slipping on the pedals. This is dangerous and could result in a loss of control.
Dash cameras can be of vital importance, especially around this time of year. With the number of accidents increasing so drastically, it is a good idea to cover yourself with video evidence. This means that if any accidents cause a dispute, there is no risk of innocent drivers being blamed.
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The infographic below sums up the information nicely.