Drivers issued urgent warning for this weekend with car accidents set to spike

Driving in the dark and rain

With the clocks going back this weekend, the number of accidents could increase

Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 27/10/2023

- 08:00

Slippery roads from wet weather contributed to more than 4,000 collisions last year

Motoring experts are warning drivers about the rising risk of car crashes over the coming weeks and months with winter weather posing a threat to all.

On Sunday, October 29, clocks in the UK will go back by one hour at 2am in the morning, giving drivers an extra hour.

While Britons will get an extra hour in bed, it means there will be shorter days and longer, colder nights.

With the changing times, everyone across the UK will be urged to make a note of the time change, as most devices will automatically adjust the time automatically.

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However, some vehicles may not see an update to the time, potentially leading to drivers being late for work.

Drivers are also being warned about the increased risk of accidents, with crash rates increasing by a quarter when the clocks go back.

AA Accident Assist is urging drivers to be more vigilant behind the wheel with the darker evenings and wetter weather leading to an increase in the number of crashes.

Slippery roads from wet weather contributed to more than 4,000 collisions last year, with fears this year could overtake that total.

Even when autumn weather subsides, low-lying sun and glare off wet roads can cause havoc for drivers by creating visibility issues.

Tim Rankin, managing director for AA Accident Assist, said: “When the clocks go back and the evenings draw in, crashes are more likely to happen.

“Whether sunshine or rain, the change in seasons can play a role in the number of collisions.

“In many cases, crashes can be avoided completely simply by adjusting some driving habits.”

A total of 4,244 collisions took place when the road was slippery, with 50 fatalities, while dazzling sunlight caused 2,430 collisions and 38 fatalities.

Like every winter, drivers should have a complete preparedness kit in their car to ensure they are not caught out in the event of a breakdown.

This can include basic items like anti-freeze and screenwash but drivers could also have things like high-visibility vests and a set of jump start cables.

Before they set off on their winter journey, drivers should make sure their lights are working properly and their tyres are pumped up to the legal limits.

Drivers should also be particularly cautious around poorly lit areas, rural areas and important services like schools and hospitals.

Tim Rankin continued, saying: “Slowing down and allowing more space between yourself and the vehicle in front can make all the difference.


Driving in the dark

The clocks are going back one hour on October 29


“Allowing more time for your journey to clear windscreens completely and driving to the conditions is key, while being more aware of other road users can help keep everyone safe on the road.”

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