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Time to prepare for daylight savings

Friday, 27 March 2009

British summer time begins this Sunday as the clocks jump forward an hour and daylight savings begin. Commuters, who have enjoyed the lighter mornings, will be making the journey to work in darkness for the next few weeks, and the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) today warns there are potential dangers that come with driving in the dark during peak hours.

Director of IAM Policy and Research, Neil Greig, said: "IAM research has shown that most accidents happen during peak hours. For the first few weeks of the clock change, motorists will need to get used to driving in darker conditions and take extra care."

Reduced visibility makes it harder to read the road ahead and yields less information for a driver. Other road users, road signs and objects are harder to see and road conditions and edges become indistinct.

Motorists will also find it harder to wake up and are more likely to grow tired. An estimated one in five motorway crashes are fatigue related.

It is also important to consider vehicle condition when driving in the dark and preparing for the coming summer sunshine. Windows (inside and out), mirrors and the lenses of lights and indicators should be kept clean. It is also important to ensure coolant and water levels are topped up to ensure the vehicle doesn't overheat.