More than 70% of UK motorists would prefer the clocks weren’t put back each October but this weekend that’s exactly what’s coming. This survey was put together by car accident camera company Smart Witness last year and it found on top of this result, 60% of all drivers on the road also believed there would be fewer deaths if they abolished the system of putting the clocks back.
The poll found that 70% of all UK motorists would opt for the system to be stopped immediately if they could, if there was a referendum tomorrow for example. As the above suggests one of the key reasons people cite for their desire for this change is road safety and improving the safety of the roads in the colder months.
There are many dangers on the road when the winter sets in and the darkness is just one of them. Statistics suggest that there are more accidents in dark afternoons than dark mornings and therefore the clocks going back is a danger to our roads. Motorists are much more likely to be tired after a day’s work and therefore the reduced visibility in afternoons is considerably more dangerous than mornings.
Figures from the Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) show a sharp rise in the number of pedestrian deaths on the roads from September to December. Though some of this may be down to the weather, the fact we’re on the road more with social trips and Christmas preparations but it is in part due to the limited visibility that darker afternoons offer us. The official figures from 2011 were 25 fatalities in September, 34 in October, 48 in November and 65 in December. All of these figures need to come down and if the visibility on the roads is better, we may see some improvements.
Looking back as far as 1998 there have been suggestions for alternatives to the traditional British Summer Time system. A 1998 report suggested Single/Double Summer Time (SDST) would be a better alternative. The report suggests that this system would positively impact on the numbers of road accidents and therefore, be an improvement on the current situation.
Winter Road Traffic Accidents
Wet and icy road surfaces are a real danger and build up the majority of road traffic accidents so drivers need to modify their driving with the seasons. Not doing so means there is a huge risk of accident and you’re putting yourself in a dangerous position as well as endangering everyone else on the road. If you are involved in an accident and haven’t been modifying your driving for the seasonal weather then there is a risk you may be found negligent. This of course won’t always the case and the trauma of a road traffic accident, whatever the weather, should not be underestimated.
If you’re not to blame then claiming compensation can be a way of helping after the event and you can contact Lamb & Co to discuss the viability of a claim at any time. The clocks go back at 2am on 26th October this year, but who knows about the next time.