Darker driving conditions
The change of seasons brings with it the menace of more dangerous conditions
It will come as no surprise to many that autumn, winter and the turning back of the clocks makes the roads more dangerous.
According to data analysis by The AA, the number of crashes on UK roads increases by 23% in autumn compared to summer months.
Time to take care
AA Accident Assist is warning drivers to be more vigilant behind the wheel from Sunday (October 29) with the changing of the clocks.
The combination of darker evenings, coupled with wet and icy conditions means crashes are more likely to happen, it says.
Even when typical autumn weather subsides, low lying sun and its reflection off wet roads can create visibility problems for drivers.
Face the facts
The Great Britain Road Casualty Statistics for 2022 show that the road being slippery due to the weather contributed towards 4,244 collisions. Furthermore, 50 of these were fatal.
Sunlight dazzling drivers resulted in 2,430 collisions, with 38 fatalities.
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.”
He added: “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.”