Motorists have been urged to give their cars a “thorough inspection” on a range of key car parts including tyre pressures and visibility aids. Experts at USwitch have warned that accidents increase during the first two weeks after the clocks go back as road users continue to get used to the new conditions.
They warn that concentration levels can ”dangerously dip” during the night which can cause road users to make simple errors.
Florence Codjoe, spokesperson for USwitch, warned there may be “fewer hazards” this year but the roads will not be without risk.
Ms Codjoe said: “While we’ll all enjoy an extra hour in bed this weekend, the clocks going back means it will be getting darker earlier.
“It also signals tougher driving conditions, and historic records support this with road collisions increasing in the first two weeks after clocks go back.
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The analysis found that three-quarters of these accidents happen in the afternoon when road conditions darken earlier.
For some road users who may only travel between the office and home, this could be their first experience of nighttime driving for several months.
Ms Codjoe warned it is crucial road users “adjust” their driving style to suit the conditions as best they can.
She urged road users to have a clear field of vision by turning up the heating and opening a window.
Ms Codjoe warns road users must take their time and be more aware of pedestrians and other road users in gloomy weather.
She added: “It’s important to adjust your driving to suit more challenging road conditions and take your time when you’re out and about, even if you know the routes like the back of your hand.
“In preparation for this weekend, it’s worth taking the time to give your car a thorough inspection, including checking the tyre pressure and tread depths.
“Replace defective lights and ensure all windows are clean and smear-free. Perfect visibility is vital when the sun is lower during the day, and the nights are longer.”