Return to GMT, staying safe as darkness descends on the UK

A little advice to motorist, cyclists and pedestrians, anyone who uses the road, on Sunday night, British Summer Time will come to a close and the winter will begin to settle in and Greenwich Mean Time will begin meaning the clocks go back 1 hour.

In the news we are increasingly hearing of motoring accidents caused by darker conditions and road safety charity “Break” and the “Institute of Advanced Motorists” are urging those who use the roads to be careful as darkness descends across Britain.

Brake is particularly urging drivers to protect people on foot and bike at this risky time of year and year-round by pledging to slow down to 20mph around homes, shops and schools. At 20mph drivers have a far better chance of stopping in time in an emergency, like if a child suddenly steps out.

Similarly, Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, with the clocks going back this weekend, he is advising on driving in the dark.

  • To improve your view as far as possible, keep your lights and windscreen clean.
  • Use main beam, but when other drivers are approaching make sure you dip your lights to avoid dazzling the oncoming traffic.
  • Make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see to be clear.
  • If you’re feeling tired, caffeine alone is not a fix. Take a break and have a 20 minute nap.
  • If an approaching car forgets to dip its lights, look beyond the lights, but to their left to avoid being dazzled as much.
  • Look at how the traffic ahead behaves for clues to possible problems you can’t see yet.
  • If it’s gloomy in the morning, don’t forget to put your lights on.

These are good tips for all year round, but especially when it is going to be dark when most of us will be leaving work.

That’s all for today, I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

Andrew Kirkley
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  • 26th October 2012

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