As clocks go back drivers are asked to check their lights
It’s fast approaching that time of year when we gain an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning, but the following week, most of us will be driving home in the dark.
Road Safety GB North East has warned there’s usually an increase in the number of motorists and pedestrians hurt and killed in the two weeks following the start of the dark nights.
The most notable increases are seen between 5pm and 7pm, when drivers and pedestrians seem to be caught off guard by the sudden onset of early evening darkness. It’s partly down to the fact people are used to driving home with their lights off and simply forget to turn them on. Also, during the lighter summer months a lot of people don’t notice or even ignore problems with their car lights. When the nights suddenly get darker, that’s when more accidents happen.