October clock change ushers in more accidents on the roads
THE annual October clock change heralds an increase of around 20 road crashes per day in which someone is hurt, according to new research.
Analysis of police data from the past six years shows that in the two weeks after the clocks go back one hour there are an average of 278 more personal injury collisions than in the previous two weeks.
Three quarters of the extra collisions occur in the afternoons, which are darker after the clock change.
The work by the RAC Foundation, which uses methodology developed by Road Safety Analysis in 2010, suggests that worsening weather at this time of year could also be a significant factor.
The number of collisions where someone is hurt and the weather is reported to have been “adverse” rises by a similar proportion to the overall increase in personal injury collisions, though police will not necessarily have recorded poor weather itself as a contributory factor.
RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said: “Every year at about this time there are calls to abandon the spring forward, fall-back rhythm of daylight saving time, but our work suggests that it’s darker days and winter weather together that cause the spike in road safety risk.”