Motorists warned of roads winter dangers

19 October 2006
With the clocks set to go back next weekend (October 29th), meaning longer nights and shorter daylight hours, analysts are warning motorists to be more aware of the hazards this presents.

Department for Transport figures show that the number of road accidents spikes sharply after the switch to Daylight Saving Time - eight per cent more people are injured on the roads in November than in October.

Significantly, Daylight Saving Time means a high proportion of office workers drive to and from work in the dark - the busiest times on Britain's roads.

"Figures clearly show that the nights drawing in leads to an uplift in road accidents," said Moneysupermarket.com's director of insurance, Richard Mason.

"Winter weather conditions only compound this danger as well as the chances of car breakdown so motorists should prepare themselves and their vehicles now for these seasonal changes, whilst also making allowance in their driving for the potential actions of less responsible road users.

"If not, insurance providers may find the winter months busier than usual with the rising number of motor claims."

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