Darker nights have always been seen to be more dangerous than travelling in daylight, but recent evidence suggests that the clocks changing causes accidents to rise. Insure the Box published a study this week showing the sudden change in daylight hours is making the roads more hazardous for drivers.
The study shows that after the clocks go back, the overall chance of having a car accident in November increases by 12%, especially between the hours of 5pm and 8pm where collisions have risen by 29%. These figures were produced after analysing 18,000 accident claims in October and November over a five-year period.
There are several factors that could be affecting the number of collisions that occur during this time period. As the nights start earlier, people coming home from work will feel the need to get home quicker, resulting in larger rush hour traffic, the Christmas shopping period adding to this. Another factor is recently passed young drivers experiencing night time driving at busy times for the first time. Night time driving requires getting used to and reaction times may be slower and movements jerkier.
What you can do
The first step to improve night time driving safety is to check that your bulbs are working as they should be. This includes making sure your beams are aligned so that they don’t dazzle oncoming drivers. Make sure none of your external bulbs are faulty as this could put you at risk of receiving a fine.
Performance halogens, such as the Xenon150, may also be a good investment. As well as putting more light on the road, their beam is up to 80m longer than a standard bulb, 3700K colour, making it easier on the eye as it closely resembles daylight. Road markings and signs can be seen more clearly and therefore making driving safer.