Our mornings may be lighter but the drive home from work will be in the dark


The clocks go back this weekend, which is great news because we get an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning but for motorists, this means more hours driving in the dark.

From next week, our drive home from work will be in darkness, so we need to take extra care whilst out on the roads, staying more alert as to what’s happening around us.

We need to think more about other road users, especially cyclists and pedestrians who are much harder to spot in the dark.

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The winter weather is also creeping up on us, with colder mornings, heavy rain and falling leaves making the roads very slippy, so mix that with darker nights and the roads suddenly become more hazardous.

The sun sits lower in the winter, so having a pair of sunglasses in your car will ensure your field of vision is not affected by the glare of the sun.

If there’s snow or ice on your car in the morning or at night after work, make sure it’s all removed from the windows and roof before you set off.

Check that all your lights are working. Ask someone to stand outside and watch to see if all your lights are working properly, as a broken light could mean a cyclist would fail to see you coming towards them, turning or slowing down.

Be aware of changing conditions on the road surface and drive to match whatever the weather conditions are, ensuring you adhere to the speed limits.

Take extra care and more time at junctions during the winter and make yourself aware of any danger points along your route. If you stay alert and keep within the rules of the road, all other road users including pedestrians and cyclists will stay safe and so will you.

Daylight Saving Time Ends – 27 October 2019

When local daylight time is about to reach

  • Sunday, 27 October 2019, 02:00:00 – clocks are turned back by 1 hour to
  • Sunday, 27 October 2019, 01:00:00 – local standard time instead.



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