With the seasonal clock change almost upon us, all drivers need to prepare for the transition from autumn to winter.
For UK motorists, the clock change on 29th October hails the arrival of darker mornings and shorter days, which instantly makes driving for personal and work reasons more dangerous than in summer months.
According to insurance company Insure the Box, the risk of having an accident in the four weeks following the clock change increases by 10%. For some drivers still acclimatising to sudden lack of light between 5pm and 8pm, the risk can soar to as high at 30%.
There are many ways in which drivers can stay safe during the seasonal transition. Hubio Fleet recommends all drivers should have a basic checklist to help ensure they make their cars as safe and as easy to see as possible. Checking front and rear lights as regularly as every time they get in to their vehicle, enables drivers to spot any blown-out bulbs or dirty headlights.
There are many drivers who feel they don’t know when is best to turn on their lights- or in some situations forget to turn on their headlights. Gov.co.uk suggests that drivers use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced and at “night” which is defined as the period between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise.
Although the law recommends using headlights at night, HeadlightsOn247 advises drivers to get into the habit of switching on their headlights during the day. The say that it’s a practice that can save many lives, as even on sunny bright days, unlit vehicles can be difficult to spot. With more and more cars having driving lights as standard drivers should ensure they use these to good effect. Drivers can also utilise their Automatic setting on their cars which means the lights switch themselves on when they think its too dark outside.
NRMA has found that four out of five daytime intersection collisions are caused, in part, by one road user failing to see another road user in time. They also say that another benefit of using your headlights in the daytime include improved driver reaction times, and better estimation of speed and distance.
Many motorists don’t realise how important it is to ensure their headlights are not only working, but squeaky clean. Over time, headlights become dirty, cloudy, tarnished, oxidized and discoloured from normal wear and tear often without drivers noticing.
Drivers can clean their headlights very easily, click here for some tips on how to do it yourself at home.