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In 2014 there was an increase in the casualty rate per billion miles driven, from 637 in October to 673 in November. Over the same period pedestrian deaths increased from 39 to 66 and pedal cyclist deaths increased from 3 in October to 8 in November1 . The aim of this guidance is to raise awareness of the various issues which may arise when the clocks change back such as increased visibility issues caused by the seasonally lower sun, and the risk with children playing outside in the evenings.
Actions to consider
Another key issue at this time of year is vehicle maintenance. Many drivers do not undertake enough checks on the condition of their vehicle. Actions for drivers include:
Driving in darker conditions appears to result in more vehicle breakdowns. If your vehicle does break down, find a safe and welllit place to stop. Leave your hazard warning lights on and find a safe place to stand away from the vehicle to wait for help.
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 can realise they have an issue with their eyesight as they struggle to see traffic signs and suffer with glare from oncoming vehicle lights. An eyesight check at this time of year is a good idea.
Other points to remember:
Reference: 1. http://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/british-summertime-factsheet.pdf
With thanks to one of our motor insurance providers QBE for providing this guide.