Young driver ac­ci­dents up af­ter clocks go back

Study shows 29 per cent rise in evenings fol­low­ing the switch

Auto Express - - Watchdog - Hugo Grif­fiths

THE au­tumn clock change is linked to a 29 per cent rise in ac­ci­dents among young driv­ers, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

Analysing five years of data from 400,000 poli­cies and 18,000 ac­ci­dents, cover provider In­sure the Box found ac­ci­dent rates among young driv­ers in­creased by 29 per cent be­tween Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber in the evenings af­ter the clocks go back.

They are 12 per cent more likely to have an ac­ci­dent in Novem­ber than Oc­to­ber as tem­per­a­tures plum­met and hours of day­light de­crease. The study also crit­i­cised the Gov­ern­ment for not in­clud­ing night-time tu­ition for learn­ers as part of the new driv­ing test, which comes into force on 4 De­cem­ber.

Si­mon Rewell, road safety man­ager for In­sure The Box, said: “The evenings af­ter the clock change will, for many young driv­ers, be their first ex­pe­ri­ence of night-time driv­ing and cop­ing with re­duced vis­i­bil­ity and head­light glare.

“We know from our own anal­y­sis that more ac­ci­dents oc­cur at night than dur­ing the day, so it is dis­ap­point­ing that the new driv­ing test com­ing in on 4 De­cem­ber does not make any ref­er­ence to driv­ing in darker con­di­tions.

“This would have been a strong op­por­tu­nity to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove con­fi­dence and road safety amongst young driv­ers.”

Change to driv­ing more in dark brings big­gest risk for in­ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers, study found

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