Young driver accidents up after clocks go back
Study shows 29 per cent rise in evenings following the switch
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.”
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