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Drivers urged to be vigilant and avoid potential hefty bills now that clocks have gone back

Drivers urged to be vigilant and avoid potential hefty bills now that clocks have gone back
Matt Browning
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Matt Browning

Drivers have been urged to be careful now the clocks have gone back to avoid adding to rising number of accidents.

Alarmingly, crashes in autumn increased by 23% in October 2022 compared to the summer months of July to September, according to AA Accident Assist.

The vehicle recovery company revealed slippery roads due to wet weather contributed to more than 4,244 collisions last year, with 50 proving to be fatal.

As British Summer Time came to an end on Sunday (29 October), motorists have been alerted to the fact it’s not only icy conditions and wintry weather that can cause mayhem on the roads –  sunny weather can too.

Last year, Great Britain road casualty statistics for 2022 found that sunlight hampering drivers’ vision resulted in 38 fatalities and 2,430 collisions.

Crashes ‘more likely to happen’ during change of seasons

Tim Rankin, managing director for AA Accident Assist, said: “When the clocks go back and the evenings draw in, crashes are more likely to happen. Whether sunshine or rain, the change in seasons can play a role in the number of collisions.

“In many cases crashes can be avoided completely simply by adjusting some driving habits. Slowing down and allowing more space between yourself and the vehicle in front can make all the difference.

“Allowing more time for your journey to clear windscreens completely and driving to the conditions is key, while being more aware of other road users can help keep everyone safe on the road.”

The vehicle recovery company provided seven tips to help drivers and other road users stay safe.

Seven tips to drive safely this Autumn/ Winter

  1. Get your pre-winter car maintenance sorted – check tyre treads and use screen wash with anti-freeze.
  2. Make sure all your lights are working properly and use headlights responsibly to avoid causing glare.
  3. Allow a bit of extra time for your journey.
  4. Angle your mirror in the dark so that lights from behind aren’t reflected straight in your face.
  5. Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front and extend your braking distances.
  6. Adjust your speed as driving too fast increases the risk of accidents.
  7. Be more cautious around schools and poorly lit areas – always check for cyclists and pedestrians.