October clock change linked to spike in number of car crashes

The clock change signalling the end of Daylight Saving is linked to a rise in the number of car accidents, according to new research.

Insurance black box provider Insure the Box analysed 18,000 accident claims from October and November over a five-year period from 2012 to 2017, and found the chances of having a crash in November increase by 12 per cent compared with October.

It was also revealed that the window between 5pm and 8pm sees a 29 per cent increase in accidents.

Simon Rewell, road safety manager at Insure the Box, said that the average age of the drivers whose data was analysed was 23.

He told Auto Express: “The evenings immediately 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.”

Rewell also claimed that 43 per cent of all accidents recorded by Insure the Box’s devices took place after 5pm, and said it was “disappointing” that the new driving test rules don’t take this into account.

“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 4th December does not make any reference to driving in darker conditions,” he said.

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

British Summer Time ends at 2am on Sunday, October 29. Clocks go forward again at 1am on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Aidan Rennie-Jones


October 27, 2017

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