The clocks go back on Sunday 29 October at 2am, so drive carefully and stay alert!
New research has revealed that when the clocks go back in the autumn, there’s a sharp rise in the number of accidents which is said to be linked with the end of Daylight Saving.
Insure The Box compared five years’ worth of telematics data from 2012 to 2017 and from this experts have found that the overall chance of being involved in a car accident rose by 12% in November when compared to October.
The insurance black box provider also discovered that the time period between 5pm and 8pm was the riskiest and saw a 29% rise in crashes.
A total of 18,000 accident claims were analysed by Insure The Box from the two months of October and November over a five year period to determine their findings.
Insure The Box is just one of a handful of companies who provide black box insurance cover for drivers.
According to the companies road safety manager Simon Rewell, the average age of those who Insure The Box analysed to gather their data was 23 years-old.
Mr Rewell thinks the UK Government should do more to draw attention to the added dangers that driving in the dark can bring – 43% of all collisions recorded by their devices happened after 5pm.
“The evenings immediately after the clock change will, for many young drivers, be their first experience of night time driving and coping with reduced visibility and headlight glare,” said Mr Rewell.
The companies data also found that more accidents happened at night rather than in the daytime.
Mr Rewell said it was “disappointing” that despite their findings, the new driving test rules that come into force on December 4, don’t take this into account.
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