This year the clocks go back on Sunday 25th October. There is an annual increase in vehicle accidents following the hour change as drivers must quickly adapt to driving in the dark. It is vital to be more aware when driving at this time of year so it is important to communicate with your drivers how they can keep themselves, their vehicles and other road users safe.
Driving in twilight, the period between sunset and dusk is difficult because your eyes have to constantly adapt to the reducing light levels. This is when drivers realise they have an issue with their eyesight as they struggle to see signs and struggle with glare from oncoming vehicle lights. An eyesight check at this time of year is a good idea.
There is also a correlation between driving in the dark and vehicle breakdowns so it is timely to undertake winter vehicle checks at this time of year too.
We therefore recommend the following action points to reduce the risk of collision:
- Check the condition of your tyres and the depth of your tyre tread.
- Ensure that your vehicle has adequate anti freeze.
- Ensure that your vehicle is serviced and in good roadworthy condition.
- Check that your vehicle lights are working effectively.
- Clean your windscreen and mirrors frequently.
- Keep your eyes moving and do not look into oncoming vehicle lights.
- Get your eyes checked as they come under more strain when dealing with reduced light levels.
- Turn your lights on in good time at dusk.
- Plan more breaks to combat fatigue if you are on a longer journey.
- Discuss the clocks going back with your drivers to make them aware of how to be best prepared for driving after dark.
Taking these steps should help keep you and your drivers safe on the roads as we adapt to dark winter evenings.