Clock changes create extra hours of darkness on the roads which could be distracting for many road users who rarely travel late at night. The darkness could also cause chaos for emergency service workers who may be unable to cut out casualties after accidents.
New analysis from DS Automobiles has also revealed that the risk of a fatal accident is five times higher between 7pm and 7am.
This was due to poor visibility of the road and the effects of headlight dazzle and fatigue behind the wheel.
A total of 40 percent of fatal accidents took place at night in 2019 despite fewer journeys often being made.
Data from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) also reveals that 20 percent of serious accidents are caused by falling asleep behind the wheel.
Drivers should also slow down and use dipped headlights where possible in foggy or wet conditions.
GEM has also urged drivers to be prepared for the effects of glare from the low winter sun which can reduce visibility more than in the summer.
Glare can leave road users with no forward road vision which can compromise a driver’s view of road hazards and other vehicles.