With earlier sunsets, take extra care
FOR many, the clocks going back on Sunday, October 28, simply mean an extra hour in bed.
However, for the safety of motorists it means something entirely different, say road safety and breakdown cover company GEM Motoring Assist, which supports the Lighter Later campaign for the introduction of lighter evenings all year.
GEM Chief Executive David Williams MBE, says: "There is strong evidence to show that road accident rates continue to rise each autumn, directly after the clocks go back.
"Reduced daylight hours not only mean that motorists are driving in the dark during rush hour, but pedestrians and other road users, particularly school children, are also at an increased risk. Poor weather, decreased visibility, and bad road conditions are all rife during the winter months and have a serious effect on the rise in number of accidents and hazardous breakdown situations. Changing the clocks only adds further to the dangers for road users."
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Lighter Later proposes that Britain's clocks are shifted forward by one hour throughout the year, so an hour of daylight moves from the morning to the evening.
"We were extremely disappointed earlier this year when the House of Commons session ran out of time before the Daylight Saving Bill could be passed, particularly as we believe the change could significantly improve road safety for UK motorists," said Williams.